In the wake of Friday evening’s flood, which turned Belle Isle into a lake and made the West Avenue/Alton Road corridor pretty much impassible for the second time in a year, you might be pleased to know that the Miami Beach City Commission is talking about spending money on storm sewer improvements at its meeting Wednesday.
You might be, but you probably won’t be.
The commission will discuss spending a little more than $1 million to pay for engineering studies and how to finance a master plan to make the city’s stormwater system cleaner and less flood prone. They won’t be voting on hiring contractors to fix the flooding problem. That’s the NEXT step.
From the city administration report:
This project will create a model of the existing stormwater system and will identify those basins that are experiencing reduced levels of service. The model will allow the city to evaluate cost-effective stormwater infrastructure improvements, remediate excessive flooding, prioritize stormwater basins, and ensure continued compliance with regulatory agencies. This work will also allow the City to better evaluate draining hot spots and protect the city from flooding resulting from high tidal conditions….
How’s that for a call to action?
You can read the entire report here: Citywide Comprehensive Stormwater Management Master Plan -1
The firm the city administration recommends is Camp Dresser and McKee.
It’s enough to make you buy a Hummer.