According to the National Weather Service, water levels from the St. Johns River hit a record-high of 5.57 feet in Downtown Jacksonville and similar dangerous levels in neighborhoods along the river.
These are historic levels of flooding we haven’t seen in over a century.
Estimates show that during Hurricane Irma, over 200 billion gallons of rain on the Jacksonville area in a matter of days. Equivalent to 22 days of water flow through the St. Johns River.
Nearly 200,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the streets of the Ribault Scenic neighborhood of my district and power was lost throughout the city. Impacting families, businesses and the Jacksonville economy from the damage.
Since Hurricane Irma, I have worked to address flooding and secure resources for infrastructure improvements in Jacksonville and throughout Congressional District 5. More specifically, I have requested:
- $79 million for 11 flood and storm surge projects with an additional $20 million to improve flood resiliency efforts in Jacksonville.
- Introduced the Flood Water Relief Act (H.R. 4409) to appropriate funding for flood control and storm damage reduction projects to be constructed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville.