Draft flood mitigation plan reflects little action

The floods of April 2014 illuminated flood-vulnerable areas and the lack of stormwater management in South Santa Rosa County. More than a year later, residents are still living in fear of when the next heavy storm system will flood their home. At this point, they feel it isn’t a matter of ‘if’ but a matter of ‘when.’ The flooding in April 2014 brought an estimated $8.1 million in damage to Santa Rosa County.

While stormwater management has been a thorn in the side of the county since 2014, Santa Rosa County Building Official Rhonda Royals says the county is doing a much better job than they have in the past. New subdivisions are required to meet tougher standards with property grading, underground conveyances, stormwater retention and proper contouring of the lots.

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