GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Clay County commissioners awarded a $128,660 contract to a Jacksonville engineering firm Tuesday to study flood-prone areas along Blanding Boulevard near Orange Park.
"This is probably the largest stormwater management study in the history of Clay County," said Commission Chairman George Bush.
The contract was awarded to Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc. for the Loch Rane/Bellair Meadows Drainage Basin Study, the purpose of which is to determine what factors caused severe flooding in the area in July and what can be done to prevent such flooding in the future.
Roads, yards and in a few cases even homes were inundated with rising stormwater that failed to be adequately contained in a network of privately owned and public drainage systems, including some owned by the county and some owned by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc. will begin the study immediately. The project is scheduled to be completed within 26 weeks.
A spokesman for the consultant said the flooding problems will not be solved, however, until the causes have been identified and "the most cost-effective" corrective measures implemented.
County Manager Bob Wilson reported that public works crews have worked long and hard since July to correct some of the problems with county-owned drainage ditches in the area.
"Let's just hope the DOT does its part now," said Commissioner Patrick McGovern.
Also during Tuesday's meeting, commissioners deviated from routine business items to honor lame-duck Commissioner Dale Wilson in a brief ceremony recognizing his 24 years in office. …