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Crews pumping water out of flooded Sea Pines neighborhood in Lantana

Officials say town and county's drainage systems are working properly with no blockages
Posted at 11:14 AM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 18:12:45-04

LANTANA, Fla. — Crews in Lantana are working overtime to pump water out of a community that was badly flooded over the weekend following days of heavy downpours.

Roads in the Sea Pines neighborhood, which is northeast of Interstate 95 and Hypoluxo Road, remained closed on Monday as floodwater continued to creep up the driveways of homes.

Town Manager Deborah Manzo said officials have been working with the county and state to mitigate the flooding issues.

Manzo said the town and county's drainage systems are working properly with no blockages.

According to Manzo, crews pumped more than 1,000,000 gallons of floodwater out of Lantana's drainage system and into the county's throughout the night. Manzo said those efforts "made an impact that most of the home's driveways are accessible."

Crews will continue pumping water out of the Sea Pines community throughout the day on Monday.

Manzo released the following statement to WPTV about the flooding issues:

"The Town has been working with the County and State to mitigate the flooding issues in the Sea Pines neighborhood. Several actions have been taken and the agencies are continuing to work together to mitigate the impact of the flooding. The Town’s system is functioning properly (no blockages), then it drains into PBC’s system that is functioning properly (no blockages), and then under I-95 which gets held until it reaches a height of 14’ (has a 6” bleeder line at 11’) then continues to Lake Osborne (these systems are per SFWMD Permits). PBC pumped over 1,000,000 gallons of water out of our system into theirs throughout the night. It made an impact that most of the home’s driveways are accessible. The County will continue the pumping efforts throughout the day. The Town and PBC sent a message to 375 phone numbers in the Sea Pines neighborhood requesting information on damages to their property. PBC is requesting a Pre-disaster Declaration and if enough homes sustained damage with water inside the living area then assistance would be available."

Some neighbors told WPTV's Miranda Christian on Sunday that this isn't the first time the Sea Pines neighborhood has flooded, and they're asking the town to fix the drainage issues.

Residents said they plan to attend a 7 p.m. town council meeting on Monday to ask leaders how they plan to address the flooding.

Our forecast this week is calling for drier weather as Tropical Storm Zeta churns in the Gulf of Mexico and moves farther away from Florida.

According to WPTV First Alert Meteorologist Kahtia Hall, rain chances will be around 20% to 30% throughout the work week with high temperatures in the upper 80s.