HUB CAP FACTORED IN FLOODED ROAD

 

A hub cap stuck in the drainage system by Eglin Parkway and Yacht Club Drive was a big reason why a part of the parkway became a small lake Monday morning. The two northbound inside lanes of Eglin Parkway just north of its intersection with Yacht Club Drive became flooded after heavy rains. The backed-up water stretched along the parkway near Whataburger and the Mobil gas station north toward the base of the Cinco Bayou Bridge, with most of the water standing in front of the Laguna Landing condominiums. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement saying patrol units were at the flood scene. All road lanes were back open at about 10:45 a.m. “A hub cap was lodged in the drainage system and it was blocking a substantial amount of water from flowing,” Florida Department of Transportation District Five spokesman Ian Satter said. “Water was backing up because of garbage and the hubcap blocking the drain. We got a team out there, got it removed finally and the water immediately began draining again.” He said the incident probably marked the first time he had heard of a hub cap obstructing a storm drain. “The standard stuff is twigs, and discarded garbage from people’s vehicles,” Satter said. The most previous one occurred last Friday. Satter said either an FDOT contractor or staff would have checked on and cleared any blocked drainage infrastructure during the prior floods. “That spot there, coming off the bridge, the water tends to pool in that area,” he said. “When you get a heavy amount of rain in such a short period of time, the drainage systems cannot move the water quickly.” He added that the drainage system by Eglin Parkway and Yacht Club Drive is an older one that doesn’t move rainwater as well as some of the newer systems. “To replace a drainage system, we would have to do a lot of tearing up of roads, so we do it in conjunction with other projects,” such as those that include major road upgrades, Satter said. Because Eglin Parkway is a state road, Okaloosa County is not involved in its drainage issues, county Public Works Director Jason Autrey said.

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