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Bradenton, water district studying flood-prone areas of city

Bradenton officials will meet jointly with Southwest Florida Water Management District on Thursday to discuss vulnerable areas of the city prone to flooding issues during storm events like this area on Riverside Drive East during Tropical Storm Colin. File photo
Bradenton officials will meet jointly with Southwest Florida Water Management District on Thursday to discuss vulnerable areas of the city prone to flooding issues during storm events like this area on Riverside Drive East during Tropical Storm Colin. File photo myoung@bradenton.com

Two years ago, the city of Bradenton and Southwest Florida Management District launched a $700,000 watershed management plan study to help identify areas of the city prone to flooding during a major 25-year storm event.

The results of that study will be presented to the public at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Bradenton City Hall chambers, 102 12th St. W.

According to Public Works Director Jim McLellan, the study created a hydrological model of how the city responds to such a storm event.

“We’ll be presenting maps for where the model shows water will pond throughout the city, but we are hoping to get feedback from residents as to whether this model is reality for them during storm events or if they see areas on the maps that are not showing a problem,” he said. “What we are doing is using the model to evaluate remedies to try eliminate that ponding.”

Thursday’s meeting won’t address those remedies, as McLellan said that will be the final stage of the overall plan.

“Our discussion won’t be what we will do, but what we can do,” he said. “A list of projects will come out of this plan that will be implemented into our capital improvement projects plan over the next 10 to 15 years and hopefully those projects will be cooperatively funded through Swiftmud.”

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