Sarasota News Leader

12/06/2013

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FOCUS ON ROAD FLOODING A Sarasota County employee took this shot of flooding in the vicinity of Myakka Drive and Playmore Drive in Venice when Tropical Storm Debby was offshore in June 2012. Image from Sarasota County SARASOTA COUNTY STAFF PLANS FURTHER DISCUSSIONS ON HOW BEST TO WARN MOTORISTS ABOUT ROADS WHERE WATER TENDS TO STAND IN STORM EVENTS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor In response to a request from the County Commission this fall, staff is continuing to work on how best to handle alerts to drivers on roads that tend to flood more frequently. during heavy/prolonged rains alert drivers to the possible hazard, the signage could raise concerns from the neighborhood regarding the perceived impact on property values" adds the memo from David A. Cash, interim direc"Stormwater staff is scheduled to meet with the tor of the Public Utilities Department, and Transportation Operations staff to determine Molly Williams, interim manager of the department's Stormwater the proper applicaOffice. tion of [flooded road warning] signs," says Prior to placement of the signage, "Prior to placement of a Nov. 18 memo to the an effort should be made to engage the the signage, an effort County Commission. residents to address their concerns. should be made to "While signage for engage the residents David A. Cash and Molly Williams areas that historically to address their conSarasota County Public Utilities become dangerous cerns," it notes.

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