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Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 15:43 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council discussed flooding issues that plagued the city during the rainy months of July and August when they met on Tuesday at City Hall.

A handful of residents were on hand to ask the city what could be done to keep the floodwater out of their homes in the future.

The torrential rains of July and August brought widespread flooding to Washington County, and overflowed Blue Lake to the point of closing Highway 77 for a week and damaging the community center.

In several city streets, water overran ditches and filled yards, creeping into several homes.

One area of the city has reported problems repeatedly to the city, around 1st Avenue and Peach Street, has engineering problems that will be very expensive to fix, City Administrator Dan Miner said.

“Our hands are tied there,” Miner said. One of the problems is too much development over the years has resulted in nowhere for the rain to go, and all the water runs into one 9-inch culvert under the highway. Even with the ditches clean, when it rains hard the water can only move through the pipe so fast.

“It generally clears out pretty fast, but when it rains like it did it’s just too much for it to handle,” Miner said.



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