JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA: On McCoy’s Creek Blvd on Sunday afternoon, multiple people had to be rescued due to floods on roads.
Last month, the McCoy Creek Restoration Project got underway. The city hopes to reduce the area’s persistent and chronic flooding.
People on the street expressed their hope that the strategy will work after seeing what we saw.
“Something needs to be done by the city. This has been going on for far too long. “It hasn’t made any sense for over 20 years,” said Chanta Williams, a local.
Despite its history, automobiles continue to risk driving across it. Even with the barricades up, Williams claims that people drive through her yard to get around them.
Every time it rains, the roadway seems to flood. Signs for the McCoy Creek Restoration project can also be found. It began in June.
According to the city of Jacksonville’s website, the street will be permanently demolished since it is a low-lying road in the floodplain of McCoy’s Creek.
The goal is to restore the natural channel design, widen the flood plain, and increase water runoff capacity.
Weather and other complications may cause this project to be delayed for up to 18 months.
Meanwhile, the street is flooding, and people are attempting to navigate it.
“I’ve seen a couple of cars get trapped and try to get over the barricades this way. As you can see, all of the tire traces and tracks are still visible,” Williams explained.
It’s advisable to stay away from this region when it’s raining, according to JFRD.
Turn around if you encounter standing water while driving.
And, if you observe someone stranded in a flood, the greatest thing you can do is phone 911 immediately.