Were extensive flood damages in Port Orange the city’s fault?

PORT ORANGE, Fla. — A full review of how the city of Port Orange handled rising waters during recent heavy rains is underway.
Some homeowners say it’s the city’s fault it all happened and now the city is trying to find out if a closed flood gate sent water into neighborhoods.
The city spent $2 million in a key location to manage stormwater, but dozens of homes in the area still flooded.
Mayor Allen Green defended the city’s project and said it could only do so much.
“It’s not going to handle every problem,” Green told Channel 9’s Blaine Tolison. “There’s not enough money to handle every situation; it’s going to be an issue.”
One area of concern for the city is a floodgate off Spruce Creek Road.
It was closed last week when several inches of rain in a matter of hours overwhelmed retention ponds.
“You do not get that much water in that short period of time that you’re prepared for,” Green said.
City records show the gate was closed as rain flooded neighborhoods and homes in the area last week.
What they don’t show is why it was closed or if it would have made a difference if it was open.
Green admitted the retention ponds were not pumped down before the storm and believes the flood gates were not operated correctly, but said there still would have been flooding.
“Would it have made a difference? Probably, yes. Would it have resolved all the problems? The answer is absolutely not,” Green said.
The interim city manager declined our request for an interview. He is in the process of the review and plans to present it to city leaders next week.
Channel 9 asked officials with the city if the city would help pay for homes damaged in the flood if the city would help pay for homes damaged in the flood.
Officials said the flooding likely could not be solely attributed to any one error made by the city.
via Were extensive flood damages in Port Orange the city’s fault? | www.wftv.com.

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8 thoughts on “Were extensive flood damages in Port Orange the city’s fault?

  • October 3, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I have had water in my home twice, so I know the horrors that come with the clean up and rebuild. My once nice yard is gone to weeds largely because it floods with runoff we never had before developments were built around us. The city has neglected our area, Riverside, Harbor Oaks, and other areas of the city it so proudly annexed. The long time leadership and direction is not to care for the old but focus resource$ to the new development$, neglecting and ignoring faults and responsibility except for collecting taxes and water bills.
    Does anyone have a list of the flood damaged properties yet, the do compile one. I bet none of the damage is west of Nova.
    Newton White

    • October 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Do you really expect ALL OF THE TAXPYERS OF PORT

      • October 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        I’m still waiting for the Editor of this WEBSITE to post my LAST COMMENTS, or give me a reason, why they were rejected.
        NOTE: Does the Editor of this WEBSITE have a POLICY…….that negates my First Amendment Rights?
        Where is it posted on your WEBSITE?
        Or, is it your intention, to welcome different views, on your website, and then simply “Forget” to post them, because you disagree?
        Or, are you so dam arrogant, that believe YOU HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS…..
        ( and nobody else needs to “get involved”,)

  • October 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

    This video is a perfect example of why Mayor Green is quickly losing the respect of Port Orange residents. He should not get in front of the media cameras and even more importantly not talk in circles on issues just because he has a contractors license. It would have been more appropriate and respectful to the residents to have just said, “we spent a lot of money, and we failed! But I am truly sorry, and we will do our very best to fix it for the future.” How hard would that be?

  • October 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Someone enlighten me. Who is Quenton Hamption ? Are they the company who did the 2.8 million dollar job a few years ago ?

  • October 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    The key there is since the mid 80’s .
    Why even look at another firm who can perform better or cheaper ?
    Why change ? Whose pocket are they into ? One suspect who has been around since the mid 80’s ?
    Any guesses ?

  • October 5, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Read the title of this blog post.
    The clear and simple answer is : 100% YES !!


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