Leon County Holds Timber Lake Flood Relief Project Celebration - SLIDESHOW

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, FL -- April 14, 2012

Leon County held a celebration Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Timber Lake subdivision to mark the completion of the community’s flood relief project.

The project, which was initiated in September 2011, began after Leon County received a federal grant worth $2.4 million to prevent the community from excessive flooding. In the past 15 years, Timber Lake had flooded numerous times with the most well-known occurrence in 2008 from Tropical Storm Fay when rain gauges recorded a deluging 19.5 inches of rain.

Thirty-five homes flooded during the storm. Streets and homes were flooded for days. The depth of water on the entrance road was estimated at nearly 5 feet. As a result, evacuations by boat became a necessity.

Because of the storm’s impact, the area became eligible for the federal grant. Grant funding allowed for a storm-water pond to be constructed adding to the community’s existing pond. A small retaining wall was erected to help better control off-site water from flooding adjacent homes and the lone entrance was raised about 1.5 feet to better withstand future events.

During the construction process, one of the state’s largest Cottonwood trees was preserved providing a pleasing focal point for the subdivision’s outdoor common area.

For more information contact Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 694-1405 or cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov.

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  • by Great news! on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:27 AM
    I got trapped in during that big flood for several days and am very happy that it (hopefully) wont happen again! I love that neighborhood very much :)
  • by PoohBear Location: Tallahassee on Apr 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    Commissioners, department heads and engineers are all salaried workers, not hourly. If they choose to attend an event on a Saturday they don't get paid extra for it. Sorry you have to be so bitter about a good thing for so many people.
  • by Obama Location: Tally on Apr 15, 2012 at 03:35 AM
    So how many county workers were goofing off at this event on the tax payers dime? Get back to work you slugs.
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