The city of Miami Lakes began construction of a new flood-preventing drainage system in that northwestern Miami-Dade County municipality on Friday, September 18. The project will require a $2.1 million investment that will be funded by federal and state funds, authorities reported.
A new Drainage system for Wast Lakes
Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid said 75% of the project will be funded with funding from the Federal Emergency Administration Agency (FEMA) and 25% with florida state government funding.
Miami Lakes Director of Public Works Carlos Acosta detailed that the project will allow sectors of West Lakes, categorized as a flood area in West Miami Lakes, to connect to the drainage line that the municipal government has built on 89th Avenue. Mayor Cid added that the new drainage system will be ready by the end of 2021.
T.D. 19 — Though a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for eastern areas of Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade counties, rain (flooding potential) is expected to be the main event as T.D. 19 crosses late Friday night into Saturday. https://t.co/cFSdAnWGfP pic.twitter.com/sP9470JxWW
— WPLG Local10 Weather (@Local10Weather) September 12, 2020
Rainy seasons often severely affect several urban areas of Miami Lakes, among other areas of South Florida, so local authorities have been evaluating the implementation of new drainage systems to prevent flooding.
“Once the works are complete, we need to see how flood insurance costs will be reduced for the benefit of our community“, Cid said. “It’s a work that will benefit our residents.”