Solutions in the works to prevent future flooding in Bonita Springs

Flooding and damaged houses along Rosemary Drive in Bonita Springs. (Photo via viewer Elliott Smith)

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. Some Bonita Springs residents are desperate for solutions as flooding continues to ravage their neighborhoods.

Heavy rain associated with a tropical wave impacted the area just days before Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida.

More than three weeks after the storm, the city is still inches deep in floodwater.

The city, which is located in a low-lying area surrounding the Imperial River, receives additional water from places at higher elevations like Lehigh Acres, South Florida Water Management District spokesperson Philip Flood said.

“They need to plan ahead on how to divert the water somehow, around Bonita Springs or it could be worse,” Bonita Springs resident Randy Page said.

Flood’s team recently installed a pump off Bonita Beach Road to send the water south to the Cocohatchee Canal and eventually into Wiggins Pass.

The Water Management District is working on more projects with the city to solve the problem and to prevent future flooding.

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