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Public Works: San Marco flooding fix won't work everywhere

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Updated: 5/07/2013 6:34 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- San Marco streets were clear Tuesday. New pumps were installed that are designed not to stop flooding-- but to drain it fast.

"We never did have a flood. The water did drain away," said European Street Cafe Owner Margaret Zarka.

Zarka says finally the city came up with a way to fix a problem plaguing the San Marco community for too long.

As the rain fell, the streets turned impassable with water creeping up to the doorsteps. It's nothing new there. But instead of remaining a flooded mess, it pumped out to the river. Public Works is to credit for the new system.

"The quicker you get it out the less adverse impacts you have from the water standing in the area," said Engineer John Pappas.

But David Hull is left asking, what about me?

"When it floods I can't take the kids to school we got to go all the way around this way or around this way," he said.

His community is McCoy's Creek. But there is also Hogans Creek, Riverside, and the Westside. All of those areas experience significant flooding too. Pappas says those spots haven't been forgotten.

"You've got to look at every area differently and the terrain just doesn't lend itself to the way it does in San Marco so we've got to focus on other opportunities for improvements there," he said.

He says its a matter of quality of life and they're making it a priority to stay on top challenge areas. Hull just wonders when a priority will become a reality.

Back in San Marco, there are also long term plans to add one more pump to help even more here on LaSalle Street.
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