Flooding Problems Plague Parts of Leon County

The extra water created more than just wet feet for some Tallahassee residents. All the recent rains are leaving Leon County drainage ditches fuller than usual.

Richard Smith, the director of Leon County Emergency Management, says, "A lot of the rain water that fell today isn't going to soak in, it's gonna go into the storm drainage system."

For some Killearn Lakes residents, every time it rains it aggravates an already existent problem of septic tank leaks.

Pamela Keller, a resident, says, "I have three failures right now that you can visibly view within 100 feet of my home. The septic affluent is flowing across my driveway towards my house."

Brad Trotman, the executive director of Killearn Lakes, says, "It's a tough issue, it's a huge issue, it involves many, many people."

Leon County officials say they are addressing the problem.

Tony Grippa, Leon County Commissioner, District 4, says, "The county I believe has stepped up and put together a solution for the septic failures by putting in a central sewage system, but we have to get serious about the flooding."

But for Pamela Keller, it's not enough.

Pamela says, "I honestly really think that the county has neglected us with storm water help. I think they owe us better storm water protection."

The central sewage system will take anywhere from 18 to 24 months to be fully in place. Commissioner Grippa says Leon County has put about $2 million into floodwater projects.


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