Flooding is a persistent problem in residential Arlington Hills, neighbors say


JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Residents of an Arlington Hills subdivision say flooding has been a problem for years and they are concerned about Elsa’s potential for heavy rainfall.

Photos taken Sunday evening in the residential area show flooding after recent rains. The water rose slowly in Mark Lamirande’s alley and his front door.

Photo taken in the Arlington Hills neighborhood on July 4, 2021.

“We obviously had a flood here yesterday and we have to find a solution for it,” Lamirande said.

Lamirande said he and others had been asking for help for years. He said he contacted Public Works and its city council representative.

“They say they are working there, but it has been going on for 17 years,” said Lamirande, who has lived in the area for 30 years.

Next to the residential area are condominiums built several years ago and Strawberry Creek.

Homeowners say when it rains, the trenches and drains are small and remove debris easily. They believe the new developments are also making water flow worse.

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A request for comment from the city of Jacksonville was not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

“This has been going on for too long. We pay our taxes. Our sites are torn apart, ”said Lamirande.

Residents hope the city will step in and clean storm sewers every year and install larger ones to handle more water during heavy rains.

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