Thursday, May 26, 2005

County To Have Debris Removed Before Storm Season

Source: Tampa Tribune

With less than a week until the start of hurricane season, county commissioners have agreed to spend more than $1 million to remove debris from ditches in flood- prone areas of Pasco County.

The county commission at a Tuesday meeting in Dade City unanimously voted to hire three contractors: Southwest Contracting Inc., Crowder- Gulf Joint Venture Inc. and Florida Native Nursery Inc., to complete seven debris removal projects.

One of the projects is part of the Indian Creek Restoration Project near Chancey Road and will be paid for with $281,635 in Community Development Block Grants, Engineering Services Program Administrator Michele Baker said. The Indian Creek project is intended to lessen flooding in Southport Springs and nearby neighborhoods.

The county is eligible for 75 percent reimbursement for the remainder of projects through the Natural Resource Conservation Service, which assists counties with reducing flooding risk. Pasco's share is estimated at $192,500.

County officials want to complete the projects before hurricane season gets into full swing. Cleaning the ditches will not remove the threat of flooding but will improve drainage and prevent problems from getting worse, Baker said. Hurricane season starts June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.


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