In the past two weekends, Navarre has seen more than a foot of rain. When the remnants of Hurricane Patricia swept through Oct. 25 – 26, nearly 7 inches of rain fell. The rain totals of Halloween weekend were nearly that at 6.41 inches with some areas receiving 7 inches. Rewind to Sept. 28 and in a flash flood event, Navarre received a staggering 7 inches in merely six hours. Total it all up and it equals almost 2 feet of water. And under the water is muck.
By now the residents of Navarre can predict with great accuracy which streets are going to flood. It doesn’t take a rocket weather geek to figure that out. Since April 2014, a good rain storm comes along and the roads are under water again, yards are turned into ponds, and then the problems begin.
One of those problems is our septic tanks. We know of one Holley by the Sea resident who just had his 900-gallon septic tank pumped, and 1,500 gallons came out of it. How is that possible? The water just came rushing back in from the new drain field because of the high water table due to….you guessed it….the rain. Theoretically, that tank could be full again in 30 minutes.
The septic company said it is happening to every tank in Navarre they are pumping out. In fact – they can usually get four tanks emptied before they have to go empty their truck; but now they have to empty every 2-3 tanks.
This is not because of poorly installed drain fields or even defective tanks. One problem is we have a poor to nonexistent storm water plan in Navarre. Does the county plan to get people who live closest to the water off of septic and on to sewer so they don’t have to build the newer homes taller than their neighbors to meet codes for septic? This in turn makes their neighbors who are lower – flood.
How many times do we need to have a “100-year rain” for the residents here to take action? When standing water stands – it creates muck. And once there is muck, it will never drain again. The county needs a truck (or five) which goes around and sucks up all of this standing water. And – clean out the culverts. Mosquitos are next. Go ahead and get your call in for the mosquito truck: (850) 981-7135 because they will not come unless you call. If you need your septic tank emptied, and you probably do – call Arnett Septic at (850) 939-4554. But most of all, take action. This problem is not going away. Email or call (850-983-1877) every county commissioner because they are elected countywide. Call Santa Rosa County Public Works at (850) 626-0191 or fill out a work form at http://www.santarosa.fl.gov/roads/index.cfm?tab=1 .
District 4, Rob Williams (Navarre)
District 1, Jayer Williamson
District 2, Bob Cole
District 3, Don Salter, Chairman
District 5, Lane Lynchard, Vice Chairman (Gulf Breeze)
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