Flooding from stormwater pond construction site concerns locals

Posted at 5:51 PM, Aug 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 06:40:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Stagnant water and flooding on the side of Fleischmann Lane is concerning nearby residents.

They say it stinks and is becoming a home for mosquitoes. This comes 10 days after the flooding caused road closures.

Developers say water still lingers after heavy rain caused a stormwater pond to overflow. The construction site of Canopy at Welaunee, soon home to a thousand people, sits on Fleischmann Lane.

The stagnant water on the edge of the site is upsetting nearby residents like Terry Ryan.

"It's disappointing that it's taken too long. We're very concerned about the quality of the water here. We definitely don't think this is decaying, organic forest matter," said Ryan. 

Tom Asbury is one of the development owners. He says, the flooded water does not have sewage in it.

Asbury says, the site has all the proper sub-fences and berms to manage the water. They're not violating any permits. He adds, crews are working to pump the remaining water.

Ryan estimates the flooded water rose five to six feet from the stormwater pond. He says, the sitting water stretched across Fleischmann Lane and halfway up the driveways of nearby businesses.

Ryan says, developers should do more to curb this issue. He says, the root of the problem is a poorly designed stormwater pond.

"This is a design in construction problem. We understand that there's a new permit to expand the pond by 50 percent," said Ryan.

With an usually high amount of rain at the beginning of August, Asbury says the pond did not have enough time to recover in between storms.

Meanwhile, Ryan and other locals, want to ensure flooding does not happen in the future.

Asbury says, he's working with the city to expand the pond in hopes of making sure flooding isn't an issue in the future.