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Hobe Sound neighborhoods prepare for more flooding from Tropical Storm Eta

13 homes already abandoned in Hobe Heights
Posted at 11:00 PM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 23:45:32-05

HOBE SOUND, Fla. — Thunderstorms and wind are expected to continue Sunday night into early Monday morning across the Treasure Coast due to Tropical Storm Eta.

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The additional rain adds to the fears and frustrations of residents who live in Hobe Sound neighborhoods already impacted by flooding earlier this year.

The flooding has gotten so bad in certain neighborhoods that some folks have moved out for good, while others have decided to just endure it.

"I got sandbags here. I'm ready. We got food, we got water, we have a generator, we got everything we need," said resident David Slicer.

David Slicer
David Slicer of Hobe Sound was busy Sunday preparing for heavy rains from Tropical Storm Eta.

But the one thing Slicer and his neighbors don't have is relief from the constant flooding that has occurred this year.

He lives on Sandcastle Circle just off Gomez Avenue, where a pumping station was set up Sunday. He said officials in Martin County installed the pumping station in late September.

Slicer said this year has been the worst for flooding, so he has set up sandbags as an added precaution this time.

Down the road from Sandcastle Circle is the neighborhood of Hobe Heights. After consistent flooding this year, 13 homes have been abandoned.

Tyler Noske
Tyler Noske, who lives in Hobe Heights, was feeling confident that his home would be safe from any flooding from Tropical Storm Eta.

Martin County plans to buy those homes. It's an idea that's been approved by the state and now needs FEMA approval.

Back on Sandcastle Circle, Tyler Noske said he is feeling lucky this time.

"We're on a little bit of a high spot here, so I think we're OK," Noske said.

Slicer and other residents said the water pumps are working, but they are a short-term fix to an ever-present problem.

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