Flooding in South Immokalee a distant memory.

Even though the streets were flooded just one year ago, it seems as if the flooding of South Immokalee with the heavy summer rains is but a distant memory now. 

The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency’s $3.5 million storm water drainage improvement was completed in December and with approximately 17,000 linear feet of new concrete drainage pipe, 200 drainage structures, 1100 square yards of asphalt restoration, 52,000 square yards of sod and a 6.5 acre stormwater retention pond the residents of the neighborhood south of Main Street live today in a much drier, safer environment.

Water that once stood for days and, even, weeks will now be channeled into a state-of-the-art system and eventually fed, through the series of ponds and filtering techniques into the Lake Trafford Slough, part of the Lake Trafford watershed.

To filter the water the project uses five large concrete nutrient-loading baffle boxes provided by Suntree Technologies of Tampa. The structures act as pretreatment mechanisms for the downstream wet detention pond. The structures take stromwater in one end and release the water out of the opposite end after it has gone through a series of filters and cages which trap garbage and other contaminants such as phosphates, nitrogen and suspended solids. 

Money for the project came from a U.S. government grant as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Obama. It is part of $6 million flowing into Immokalee over the past three years from state and federal sources.

The photo below and on the left shows the corner of Colorado Avenue and South Sixth Street before the project. The second photo below shows the same corner after the project's completion. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the link below to see a slide show of all the Immokalee CRA's current storm water retention projects: 

Immokalee Stormwater Improvement Projects

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