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Pace residents give opinions on how to fix flooding

PACE  --  The Santa Rosa County Public Works Department says the rainy weather is keeping them busy.
The area has received almost two inches of rain, just today alone. Many areas in the county suffer from major flooding when storms come through; and today was no exception.

Channel 3's Kalie Desimone spoke to several home owners in Pace who have different opinions on how the County should handle flood prone areas.

Drain ditches like this one ultimately did their job but in some cases it just took a little extra time.  "We've worked hard to pay for these homes" says new homeowner, Drien Gilbert. He says this isn't the first time wet weather has flooded his driveway and front lawn. "I don't want our home to be destroyed. That's the reason I spent 300 thousand dollars for a home" says Gilbert.

Gilbert says his home on Wildhurst Trail in Pace is less than a year old and he has called Santa Rosa County, asking for help, but has yet to see any action from the Public Works Department. "They charge 27 hundred dollars a year in taxes for this place and I feel it should be right" says Gilbert.

A little further up the street off Quintette Road lives Baxter Morris. "Today when it started raining the winds got so high the water went up to my fence" says Morris. And that much water often causes problems for drivers on this busy road. "When they get through here the water is so deep they don't even know where the road is" says Morris. But this homeowner of more than 15 years says he has a different attitude about the flooding. "We just put up with it. It's country living" says Morris.

Stephen Furman is with Santa Rosa County Public Works Department. He says this years wet weather has created several challenges for his team. "We are trying to identify our bottle necks, get the ditches clean in a proactive manner" says Furman

Should any homeowner have a problem with flooding they are encouraged to contact the Santa Rosa Public Works Department at 850-626-0191.