St. Joe Shores resident seeks bail out from County


Betty Price, a 32-year resident of St. Joseph Shores has fought flood waters for the last five years due to lack of drainage in the area. After the weekend’s storms, Price’s utility closet was flooded with more than nine inches of water. Price has sought help from the Board of County Commissioners to no avail.

Wes Locher | The Star
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:23 AM.

Betty Price is just trying to keep her head above water. Literally.

The 32-year resident of St. Joseph Shores has found herself once again in a flood zone on Watermark Way, just outside WindMark Beach.

Last summer’s torrential rains put Price’s yard, garage and utility room underwater and she couldn’t help but see the rain over the weekend as a bad omen of things to come.

When Price woke up on Monday she was greeted by more than nine inches of water in her utility closet and garage.

According to Price, it all started four years ago when a holding pond was installed for the WindMark Beach community.

With no form of drainage on the county-owned land behind her property, each time water levels rose, the pond spilled over into the only place it had to go: Price’s property.

“I know I’m not the only one with problems, but nothing’s been done,” said Price. “We’ve been complaining for six years.

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