Area residents face water woes

Fort-Walton-Beach-floodingThe Navarre community is now no stranger to standing water. The area’s storm water drainage problem, exacerbated by this year’s above-normal rainfall, has residents frustrated and looking to Santa Rosa County for answers.

For the third time in less than nine months, William Betty and his family have been forced to deal with the aftermath of the area’s extensive storm water drainage problems.

But according to other Navarre residents, just because water isn’t getting into your home doesn’t mean it’s a problem.

Donald and Patricia Hansen purchased their newly constructed home on Smallwood Drive 10 months ago. “We have had stagnant water sitting in our driveway and front yard since we moved into our home.  In addition, the back yard takes days to drain after a rain shower,” Patricia said.

Although the Navarre area is dealing with its fair share of stormwater drainage problems, it isn’t an isolated problem. Last week flooding was widespread in Gulf Breeze neighborhoods as well, including Kerra Nguyen’s home on Glenn Street.

Still, stormwater drainage isn’t just a Santa Rosa County problem. Steven Ryan and his pregnant wife Julia have been displaced from their flooded Fort Walton Beach home on Sunset Boulevard and are staying with family in Navarre.

Read more in the April 24 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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