The county will purchase two properties to transform into drainage ditches
An area in Panama City Beach is getting storm water drainage ditches after frequent flooding.
Bay County issued a storm water plan in the mid 90s and early 2000s, but Vecuna Circle has since been a problem area.
Bay County Chairman Philip “Griff” Griffitts said the neighborhood was developed in the late 80s and 90s before the county had storm water continuation issues, according to mypanhandle.com.
The area usually sees a lot of flooding, but now county commissioners are taking action.
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, commissioners will approve the purchase of two properties, 1708 and 1720 Vecuna Circle, which will be destroyed and then transformed into storm water ditches, according to mypanhandle.com.
“It will help the drainage in the neighborhood, so now instead of it ponding in people’s yards and homes, we will divert this into the storm water ponds for the collection of the storm water,” Griffitts said, according to mypanhandle.com.
Griffits said the projects has been in the works for more than three years and is projected to be completed within the next two to three months. The funds for the project are coming from the Flood Mitigation Act through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is designed for properties that sustain repetitive flooding, like Vecuna Circle.
“This has been a problem going on for a long time so I’m sure that the residents will probably see a dramatic improvement in the near future once we get these homes demolished and these storm water ponds put in place,” Griffitts said according to mypanhandle.com.
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