Flagler County Commission adopts first stormwater master plan

The county has already taken the next steps in the and commissioned a financial analysis study to determine the best way to fund the program.

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The Flagler County Commission has adopted its first stormwater master plan and is already taking steps to begin design work on the first several projects. 

That next steps is commissioning a financial study to analyze the best way to fund the program. The stormwater master plan outlines a proactive response to stormwater management concerns in the county. The county hired the firm Geosyntec Consultants in December 2021 to create the plan alongside county staff. 

Geosyntec consultant Mark Ellard told the county in a March 4 workshop meeting that the stormwater plan would need a budget of $2.3 million per year.

The $2.3 million per year allows for a five-year maintenance schedule, Ellard said. Stormwater currently has a budget of $1.1 million which is funded in part by the county’s gas tax.

The commission unanimously adopted the master plan and approved the request for the study at the county's April 1 meeting. 

The county already has $2.2 million in grant funding from the American Rescue Plan Act that must be designated for a project by the end of 2024 and used by 2026. 

The first three projects on the list are in the Rima Ridge development area of unincorporated Flagler County. The county wants to reduce the flooding severity and frequency in the area by by improving and installing new stormwater infrastructure.

The fourth project on the list is restoring the Malacompra canal. That project, county engineer Hamid Tabassian said, is estimated to cost around $8.8 million to construct.


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