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Nearly $11 Million Awarded To Seminole County For Flood Mitigation Projects Through State’s Resilient Florida Grant Program

Last week, Seminole County was awarded over $10.7 million through the Resilient Florida Program, a statewide flooding resilience plan managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The bulk of the grant, $7,194,500, will be allocated towards the Historic Midway Community Flood Resilience and Adaptation project for drainage improvements to reduce flooding within the Midway Basin.


The Historic Midway Community Flood Resilience and Adaptation project will decrease structural and roadway flooding in approximately four square miles of medium- and low-density residential land uses, protecting housing, transportation, emergency services, commerce, and more. Improvements include roadway and yard drainage enhancements, expansion of existing stormwater ponds, new stormwater ponds, and increasing the capacity of existing drainage facilities. Implementation of the project is well underway. Preliminary design is complete, and currently, final design, permitting, and utility coordination activities are in progress in advance of groundbreaking.


Seminole County submitted the grant application in August 2022. The County’s three projects, including the Historic Midway Community Flood Resilience and Adaptation project, Nebraska Avenue Bridge Replacement project, and Willow Avenue - Alhambra North of Lake Harriet Drainage Improvement project, were the only projects in Central Florida funded through Resilient Florida for 2023-24.


Overall, Midway drainage improvements total approximately $32 Million. The Resilient Florida Grant, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and the third-generation One Cent Infrastructure Sales Tax will fund the complete Midway drainage improvement program, minimizing the impact on the County’s general fund.


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