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Hobe Sound residents struggle with more flooding in Hobe Heights neighborhood

'Everybody's upset,' longtime resident says of recurring flooding
Posted at 12:26 AM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-12 00:26:48-04

HOBE SOUND, Fla. — In the Hobe Heights community of Hobe Sound, flooding continues to be a problem for residents.

"Everybody's upset," said resident Diana Mack.

People have been forced to leave their homes and are now having to pay both for their mortgages and a place to stay while their homes are getting repaired.

Residents said the water pumps are in fact working, but they're only a short-term fix to a much bigger problem.

Mack has lived in Hobe Heights for 22 years.

She's been out of her home since June 3 and said the ongoing flooding has never been this bad, even after hurricanes.

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"I couldn't even bring my dogs over here because my yard never dries up," said Mack. "It's always saturated wet. Even if we go a couple weeks with no rain, it's saturated and it's got sewage in it, so it's contaminated."

Martin County officials said they did send a survey to residents with options for a fix. Those options include a home buyout program.

Mack said she doesn't want to move and start over with a new mortgage, but she may have to if the drainage system is not fixed soon.

Martin County commissioners will meet Tuesday at 9 a.m. inside the Blake Library to discuss the survey findings.