Immokalee Stormwater System set for summer construction
Construction will begin this coming summer on a $3.5 million project to relieve rainy season flooding in parts of South Immokalee.
The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will begin the project in July and by the time its finished 15,000 linear feet of new stormwater pipe will lay beneath the streets, easing the flooding that’s plagued 40 acres of streets and neighborhoods each summer during the seasonal heavy rains.
“The pipe will channel stormwater to a new 6.5 acre retention pond that will act as a natural purification tool for the water before it makes its way to the system’s ultimate outfall into the Lake Trafford slough at the south end of Immokalee, explained the CRA’s Bradley Muckel, project director.
The perennial flooding has been caused by a series of open-swale drainage ditches which cannot clear water from streets as efficiently as will the enclosed drainage and pipe system to be built. Historically, too, the street-muddied water flowed directly into the Lake Traffrord slough. The new drainage system will filter that water into a rentention pond where it will be cleaned naturally before being channeled into the slough.
Running the water into pipes underground will also allow room for the construction of sidewalks along the streets. The result of the project will be a highly functional closed-pipe system that will transport much cleaner water through Immokalee into the Lake Trafford slough.