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Concerns raised after San Marco flooding

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Flooding frustration. Some people in the San Marco Square area say it's a fact of life. Others say it's a concern, especially when you get pictures of flooding during a multimillion dollar renovation project.

"The streets were up to your ankles in certain places a little higher," said Mariah Back, who works in the square.

"Where the roads dip in," Tristen Cash, who also works in the square, said. "It was just standing water. It was just flooded."

At the Pizza Palace in San Marco Square is where you'll find freshly made pies and employee Cash. As the rain fell Sunday, she grew concerned.

"How am I going to get home?" she said Monday, with a laugh.

The pizza shop sits near the heart of the square and the $5 million construction project.

According to city spokesperson Debbie Delgado, previous pumping station projects have improved drainage and reduced area flooding. Delgado said some drainage piping was upgraded, though not in the area of San Marco square. Overall, Delgado said drainage improvement was not part of the project.

"It was like a monsoon almost, out here," said Back as she enjoyed coffee. "It was really kind of intense."

Delgado said much of the remaining San Marco flooding is caused by the area's low level and during high tide or heavy rain. The water can't drain fast enough.

However, Cash said Sunday's local flooding was one of the worst she's seen recently.

"I think it's on its way," Cash said. "I think it's made a little bit of progress."

First Coast News has reached out to the project's supervisor but we have yet to hear from him.

Delgado told FCN there is talk about putting in a third pump station on Lasalle Street.


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