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Storm Water Pond Downtown

A project is in the works to help with stormwater flow on West Government Street.
The changes could prevent future flooding.
A stormwater retention pond would be built at Corinne Jones Park.
The $2.1 million project will be paid for by BP funds and has been in the works since November.

The pond at Admiral Mason Park is actually a stormwater treatment facility.
This is similar to what they're trying to do over at Corinne Jones Park.
That project would not only improve water quality for Pensacola Bay, but also alleviate flooding issues.
Flooding  is  something Velocity Restorations is all too familiar with.
Their shop on West Government Street got about 5 inches of water. They had to replace some damaged equipment, and it's not the first time its flooded.

"We can't stop the water from getting in the building and there's seven employees here and we have to pay them for a couple of hours to prep the building for a possible flash flood, that's taken away from the progress," said  Mike Austin.
The Government Street regional stormwater pond at Corinne Jones Park would capture and treat stormwater runoff from 40 acres in downtown Pensacola.
Austin  is hoping this solves the flooding problems.
Right now, he's relying on  this make-shift pond they dug up to help with stormwater flow.

"Yes, there does need to be a plan. Something that will work and be implemented," said Austin.

The project is not only for fixing stormwater issues, but is also part of a plan to beautify the west side of downtown.
You can find plenty of children at Corinne Jones Park  in the afternoon playing.
This project would spruce up the park, by adding things like walking trails for runners and improve the overall landscape of the park.

"I run here once in awhile, honestly sometimes the pavement and stuff is a little uneven," said Synge O'Leary.

The city hasn't set a date yet for when they'll start the project, but say it will be very soon.