[UPDATE] Woodville, Florida- August 22, 2012
Leon County is aware of the current flooding on Robinson Road, between Woodville Highway and Old Woodville Road, due to recent heavy rainfall. The three adjoining properties – two on the north side of Robinson Road and one on the south side – that are primarily affected in this flooding are in a closed basin near the intersection of Robinson Road and Woodville Highway, the lowest area in that immediate vicinity where water gathers to drain with no outlet.
Leon County has taken a proactive approach in an attempt to mitigate flooding issues during periods of heavy rainfall in the past through flooded property acquisition along the south side of Robinson Road. The County has been successful in the previous purchase of all adjoining properties on the south side of Robinson Road, with the exception of the one current property. There is no structural flooding – meaning no water in the house – at this time, but there is water underneath the home, primarily on the south side of Robinson Road and also one on the north side.
Leon County Public Works crews have been and will continue to be on the scene assisting with safety precautions for motorists by installing warning signage and barricades, while waiting for the remainder of the water to naturally recede. As rainfall declines, Leon County Public Works Operations and Engineering will continue to monitor and assess the situation.
For more information, please contact Leon County Public Works at (850) 606-1500 or Jon D.Brown, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 work / (850) 694-1405 cell / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .
Woodville, Florida- August 22, 2012
The daily dosage of rain has been good for lawns, ponds and wildlife, but it's left some of our neighbors under water. Folks in Woodville say the ground is so saturated, they're having trouble getting any relief from floods.
The rain is nothing new for one Woodville neighborhood or for this time of year- but folks around the area say flooding has gotten worse thanks to a project that was supposed to enrich the community.
The recent heavy rain has made life tough on the corner of Robinson road and Old Woodville road. They were part of an area in southern Leon County that saw nearly 3 inches of accumulation on Monday.
Said Kern Montford, one flood victim: "Before they redid the bike trail, it never happened. But when they redid the bike trail, it started flowing all over here and it floods like this."
Montford says that when the bike trail was raised earlier this year, the flooding started happening more frequently.
"Well we get flooded with mosquitoes, we have vehicles that we have tied up in the yard that you can't do nothing with, if you try and move them, they're stuck. You have to wade through the water and just wait for it to go down," explains resident, Rex Peterson.
"It's just a medical hazard, is what it is, but the county won't do nothing."
Now the neighborhood will just hope things dry up a little before the next big rainfall.
WCTV reached out to Leon County and their storm water management team but have not heard back from them yet. Flooding victim Kern Montford also said that he's called everyone with Leon County, but keeps getting told they are out of money to do anything for him.