Panama City Beach officials plan to improve flooding infrastructure

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 9:49 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Heavy rainfall is not uncommon around Panama City Beach, especially on major roadways like Alf Coleman Road where water can really build up.

It’s an issue the city hopes to fix within the next year.

City officials said they’re looking to widen and raise the road about two and a half feet.

They said they hope to pay for it using a $1.5 million grant from FEMA they’ll receive next month.

City officials said Alf Coleman sees some of the heaviest floodings in the city.

“Alf Coleman is our number one problem on our main arteries that we have flooded in the city. Hopefully, when we raise that we won’t have any more major highways in the flood zone,” said Paul Casto, a Panama City Beach City Councilman.

Casto added the city plans to add sidewalks on the westside of Alf Coleman and will look to also add new LED street lighting thanks to a half-million-dollar grant from the department of transportation.

That project is expected to take about nine to 10 months to complete.

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