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Local leaders join federal coalition to tackle Tampa Bay area flooding

Communities across Tampa Bay are fed up with the growing problem of neighborhood streets turning into rivers and threatening thousands of homes.

Now, two local congressmen are joining federal leaders to find solutions to better protect your home and neighborhood. Congressmen Gus Bilirakis and Charlie Crist have joined the American Flood Coalition, a nonpartisan alliance to address the growing threat of flooding and sea level rise.

Bilirakis, a Palm Harbor Republican, and Crist, a St. Petersburg Democrat, represent portions of Florida’s Gulf Coast, including all of Pinellas County.

It comes at a crucial time. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, coastal communities in Tampa Bay are projected to experience roughly 4-5 inches of sea level rise over the next 15 years.