FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- When it rains, Fort Myers Beach floods, but WINK News has learned a new project starting in a matter of months, will help relieve some of that standing water.
"It's very difficult, it's hard on driving, hard on the houses, it floods in garages, it's very unpleasant," said resident Michael Baer.
Trekking through inches of water is the norm when it rains on Fort Myers Beach.
"It literally floods it, we are flooded out, it changes the whole beach; the beach is flooded, the roads flood out, you're walking through water, wading through water, you're driving through water," said Baer.
But after Hurricane Charley, the town received funding from a FEMA grant to enact phase one of the North Basin Project that will address the storm water drainage problem.
"It's going to be $750,000 less than what our tax payers are going to have to pay and it's very helpful to have that," said Mayor Alan Mandel.
Storm water will be collected at the end of town-owned bayside streets and treated in sanitation tanks. Oil and grease will be separated, so the town can make sure only clear/clean water flows into the bay.
Phase one will go from Carolina Avenue, where the main post office is, to Tropical Shore Way, near Topps.
But some residents don't agree with pinpointing one area at a time. They want to see the water flow off the streets and not flood.
"Obviously, I think that's bogus, it's an issue all the way up and down the beach, so to focus on only one part of it, is not addressing the whole thing."
Work is supposed to start in late November and be done by April. The entire project is expected to address two or three side streets a year over the next seven years.