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City to vote on $80K dirt purchase as Maitland flooding concerns continue

Wet season gets underway this week

MAITLAND, Fla. – As flooding concerns continue growing along one of Maitland's busiest roads, city leaders are set to vote on a plan to purchase what they hope will be a solution.

Officials approved the plan to purchase $80,000 of fill dirt to finish installing a drainage system near 17-92 under the train trestle.

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If the plan is given the green light during Monday's vote, the dirt will go around the new stormwater pipes being installed to alleviate the flooding.

If it helps that’s a good thing," said driver Connie Gilliam. "It's just frustrating." 

City leaders said crews worked some 16-hour days to finish installing the pipes in hopes of preventing future flooding.

The area has flooded multiple times over the last month, causing three cars to get stuck while waters were high and made for a big city cleanup, despite Maitland city officials saying it wasn't going to keep happening. 

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It all began last month when the city started cleaning Lake Gem and contractors blocked the drainage line.

Since the first flooding, crews have been installing much larger pipes, hoping the temporary fix will address the flooding issue while they’re installing permanent pipes. 

"It’s so much traffic now, they’ve got to do something," said Gilliam.

Concerns are growing even higher as the wet season gets underway this week, bringing several days of rain to the forecast.

No issues had been reported along the road at last check Sunday afternoon.

The city of Maitland has also been proactive by stationing emergency workers along 1792 near Monroe Avenue to hopefully block traffic before any future flooding.

Sunday night, as the city of Maitland promised, News 6 saw a police officer stationed along 17-92 in preps of closing down the stretch of road ahead of any possible flooding.

The vote is set to take place Monday at 6:30 p.m.


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