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Concerns about Alligator Point Road flooding rise as storms brew in Atlantic

Posted at 6:09 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 18:09:15-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Alligator Point Road in Franklin County is being temporarily repaired after Wednesday's storms washed it out.

With more developments in the tropics, concerns about keeping safe in Franklin County are top of mind.

The county has poured roughly $4 million into repairs over the years, but commissioners believe that will soon change.

"You're looking at a road that has at least a 30-year history of doing exactly what you see there," said Bert Boldt, a Franklin County commissioner.

High wind and high tide send water rushing over Alligator Point Road regularly.

"There are 200 homes west of this road that are literally cut off from access traveling west to east," Boldt said.

In the next few months, about $4 million from FEMA will go towards rebuilding the road.

"Behind that rip wrap will be a seawall of stainless steel 15 feet underground. It rises from there," said Boldt. "There will be drainage systems built into the roads. Sidewalks."

But one of the requests made by commissioners and the community isn't happening. They wanted the road slightly rerouted.

"FEMA approved that only if we put the road back right where it was," Boldt said.

Construction on Alligator Point will take about 150 working days with passable traffic to make sure people living nearby can still pass.