Water buildup in Bay County being addressed by county

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Water buildup is an issue many have been concerned about since Hurricane Michael.

This image shows water in a channel that was recently cleared. (WJHG/WECP)

Recent rainfall has caused roads and channels to flood that might not have before the storm.

Josee Cyr, the Bay County Engineering Division Manager, said, "What we noticed after the storm on channels that have water in them all the time and we monitor the stage, the stage was staying high... significantly higher, close to flood stage all the time due to the debris."

Debris like fallen trees has clogged channels and ditches.

"They needed to be cleaned so that we wouldn't have additional flooding on small rain events," said Cyr.

Cyr said the county is working to prevent potential flooding.

"We've been concentrating at the moment with the main channels, the arterials, so basically the highways, and then we work our way from in town where it's flatter out towards the unincorporated area," said Cyr.

She says they have made good progress.

"We've cleaned about 70 miles so far," said Cyr.

But there is still work to be done.

"We have managed to clean, you know, 40 or 50 percent of our system before we had a significant event so that's good, there's still some out there though," said Cyr.

We won't know how the cleanup will affect the channels until we see more rain.

"Since we haven't had a significant rain since October, you know, we haven't seen any difference except that debris is removed now," said Cyr.

Helping to pull the plug on water buildup.

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