Largest stormwater project in Fort Lauderdale history underway to help neighborhoods mitigate flooding – CBS Miami

Fort Lauderdale (CBSMiami) – This is the largest stormwater management project in Fort Lauderdale’s history, and it involves two of the neighborhoods most in need of help with flood mitigation.

“It basically depends on my shins, I’m taller now, when I was little it was higher, but it flooded my shins all the way down the street,” Abigail Laney said.

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Laney has lived in the Edgewood neighborhood for 18 years, basically her entire life. In recent years, it has seen more frequent rains turn into severe floods without warning.

“That means you’re screwed if you have to get everything out of the floor and it takes a while because of the insurance, then you have to rip the floors and the drywall to a certain level so the mold doesn’t get there. not infiltrate,” Laney explained.

The same goes for many of its neighbors, including St. Jerome Catholic School which had to close in 2011 when a flood hit on Halloween. So, after decades of planning, the city has found funding for a $25 million solution to help residents of the Edgewood and River Oaks neighborhoods.

“So we’re issuing bonds to pay for that,” Mayor Dean Tantralis said.

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The project will add 5 miles of piping to connect to new storm sewers and a pump that will pull water to the River Oaks reservation.

“We will seek to reduce the intensity, duration and frequency of major floods in these neighborhoods,” said Dr. Nancy Gassman, assistant director of public works. told CBS 4 News.

It’s also part of the city’s efforts to track sea level rise mitigation.

“Whatever they do, I just hope it stops the flooding,” Laney added.

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The project will last 3 years, the work will be carried out in phases.

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