Commissioners approve $1 million contract to prevent flooding in Orlo Vista

Orlo Vista Flood Mitigation Project funded by grant

Orlo Vista flooding plan approved ahead of hurricane season

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – With hurricane season less than a month away, Orange County Commissioners approved a contract Tuesday to allow an engineering company to prevent more flooding problem in the Orlo Vista area.

After Hurricane Irma in 2017, hundreds of people evacuated during the storm as rain overwhelmed retention ponds near homes. 

Earlier this year, commissioners voted on accepting a $900,000 in grant money to try and prevent the flooding that left much of the Orlo Vista community underwater.

Recently, commissioners approved $1 million contract with Geosyntec Consultants, an engineering company assigned to excavate existing ponds in Orlo Vista down to an elevation of 62 feet.

The company is also set to lower and install piped connections between ponds to help convey water to the proposed pump station.

The contract is part of the Orlo Vista Flood Mitigation Project.

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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!