Calhoun County, Florida –
Storm water run-off is a constant battle for rural counties.
Even a moderate amount of rain can turn some roads into creeks, causing erosion and carrying oil and other contaminants onto the shoulder and into the ground water.
Calhoun County Officials hope to solve some of those storm water run-off problems with help from the federal government.
Many roads in Calhoun County are not equipped to handle rainwater run-off and consequently result in being flooded and closed off.
Fortunately, the county received some help Thursday morning (Oct. 7) from the federal government.
"It's important that we have the proper infrastructure in place in rural areas to make sure that folks who want to bring jobs into the area can get them, good schools, good roads." Congressman Allen Boyd said.
Boyd announced the county will be receiving more than 5 million dollars in federal grant money to make critical improvements to some of their roads.
"Not just when a storm is coming but year-round in making that the constituents here in Calhoun County understand what to do, how to prepare for a storm and how to clean up when the storm gets through." Boyd said.
"This project will affect all five districts of the county, this is like putting money in the bank for the county," Calhoun Co. Commissioner Don Miller said.
"This project will affect all five districts of the county, this is like putting money in the bank for the county," Calhoun Co. Emergency Management Director Sonny O’Bryan. O’Bryan has been working on this project for the last 10 years.
He says it’s a big relief for them after they spent millions of dollars to repair some of these areas.
"People won't really recognize the benefit probably from ten years down the road but yet I know it's going to work, it's really a good feeling to have."
O’Bryan says the county will spend 2 million dollars to bring the roads back to pre-disaster condition and the other 3 million for mitigation work.