When it rains it floods for St. Joe Shores resident

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 09:42 AM.

Four years later, the utility room is now covered in what Price believes to be black mold and she reported the smell as “horrendous.” Her son Stan had to put her washer, dryer and two freezers up on blocks just to keep them out of the water.

Fed up with the situation, Stan went before the Gulf County Board of Commissioners in Sept. of 2009 and asked for drainage to be added to the area. He didn’t seek an immediate answer, but rather a commitment to solve the problem.

Former Commissioner Bill Williams motioned for a feasibility study and cost estimate to be conducted.

It passed 3-2 but no additional records on the topic were available. In February 2010, the BOCC showed interest in putting together a stormwater committee and Williams requested Stan to be on it, though no additional information was available.

The commissioners recommended that the Price family invest in a pump while the studies could be completed, but having already paid for her dryer vent to be moved up after water levels got too high, Price didn’t want to incur the additional expense of a pump and the electricity to run it.

Unsure what to do, Price reached out to current District 3 Commissioner Joanna Bryan to seek assistance.

Unsuccessful in reaching Bryan and frustrated, she reached out to District 1 Commissioner Carmen McLemore who put her in touch with Jake Lewis at Public Works.

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