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New plans underway for flood-prone areas

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Updated: 9/21/2013 2:02 am
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Business owners along Cordova St. in St. Augustine are hoping new plans to help flood-prone areas will help minimize water concerns.

Remnants of Wednesday's flooding are still obvious along Cordova. The flooding left cars and pedestrians still treading through water on the roadway on Thursday. Business owners like Susan Von-Spreckelsen say dealing with the floods is something she's used to.

"It does happen, probably 6,7,8 times a year," said Von-Spreckelsen.

Von-Spreckelsen says she also tries to keep The Second Read Bookstore out of harm's way by keeping supplies nearby. She says doing that is inconvenient, but necessary.

"When that water gets up to the yellow line of the curb, we know that's our red flag to go get the board, go get some sandbags," said Von-Spreckelsen.

The city of St. Augustine knows there's a problem in this flood-prone area. Leaders have updated the storm water facilities master plan. They've already finished working on Riberia Street and work is still underway on parts of the Seawall.

"I have to walk to campus and is it raining, or has rained within the past 2 or 3 days even. I'm forced to walk through puddles," said Madelynne Brazile, Flagler College Student.

The Public Works Department hopes to start designing solutions within the next couple years, but for now Von-Spreckelsen says she'll continue doing the best she can.

"We try to protect our businesses, and that's what's kept things safe and in good stead," said Von-Spreckelsen.

Business owners hope something can be done in time for the 450th commemoration next year.

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