Questions swirl around drainage projects

Although Holley by the Sea residents are eager for some of the county’s 30 proposed stormwater protection projects to begin in their area, some suggest that a more organized approach is needed.

“We want to get things done. But the right things,” said Yvonne Harper, president of the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association, a volunteer neighborhood group.

She is among community leaders who expressed initial, tempered enthusiasm last week that that Santa Rosa commissioners have targeted Camden Drive for new culverts and other drainage improvements recommended earlier this year in a county-sanctioned study by Baskerville-Donovan Inc. engineers.

Company executives appeared before the commission last week with detailed maps, charts and graphs that offered foot-by-foot detail about the planned work on and near Camden Drive that is expected to alleviate flooding not only there but on some neighboring streets north of U.S. Highway 98 and east of Edgewater Drive.

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