What a difference a day can make. The water has finally receded along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, but the cleanup will continue.
The new trees and freshly manicured median have been underwater for days, so crews had their work cut out for them.
Just days ago, the water level was near chest-high as Hillsborough Bay flooded over the wall, but the water is gone. Still, debris is a problem on Bayshore.
After sunrise Wednesday, morning joggers were taking the opportunity for the first dry run in days, and the northbound lane appeared to be making progress.
Police were driving the area and assessing the damage. The biggest problem was with the lane dividers, which were covered in mud.
But by 2 p.m., police determined it was safe to reopen the entire stretch of roadway. Traffic is again flowing smoothly.
Joggers we talked to were happy to see the road reopened, and are looking forward to seeing it back in its scenic state.
"It is a big mess, but the city has done a good job in cleaning it up so far and they've got some more to do of course," said Tampa resident Bill Crowder.
"I was worried about the trees because they just planted them and they're so beautiful," said Ann Crowder, also from Tampa.
The trees will be re-planted, but it remains to be seen whether they will live, given that they were soaked in saltwater. The city allocated $600,000 for the beautification project leading up to the RNC, and has spent half of that money at this point.
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