Palm Coast - The City of Palm Coast on Monday started a second large-scale drainage improvement project - in the E Section - as part of its new stormwater drainage management plan.

This project will focus on improvements to three ditches that run from: Belle Terre Parkway through the west end of Emerson Drive; Belle Terre through the west end of Eagle Harbor Trail; and Belle Terre through Eastwood Drive. Crews from Palm Coast Public Works will be removing silt and debris, improving access for future ditch maintenance, and cleaning/inspecting the culvert pipes along these ditches.

This project will re-establish stormwater flow and improve drainage capacity for the surrounding neighborhoods. This is part of a wider scope of work that is currently being analyzed and planned for this particular drainage basin. Future work may include canal maintenance and culvert pipe replacement, depending on the findings during the first part of the project.

Two crews will be working on the three ditches in the E Section in coming weeks. The project is expected to take at least two months to complete. Motorists and area residents are urged to watch for stormwater project crews and use caution when traveling in these project areas.

The enhanced, comprehensive stormwater management plan to improve the drainage system city-wide launched recently, and projects will be ongoing for several years. The plan will address drainage issues resulting from an aging infrastructure and years of growth. A new Master Plan is now under development.

The new Master Plan will take a big-picture look at the swales, ditches, canals, water control structures, pipes, and drainage basins and how they work together to protect homes and businesses from flooding. New solutions will focus more on the ditches and freshwater canals and will have a greater long-term impact on improving the drainage system across Palm Coast.

City crews have already started an accelerated ditch maintenance program and worked on a large-scale project in the W Section. The Stormwater Division is also reassessing the City's swale maintenance program. Following Hurricane Irma and heavy rainfall that year, the City's list of needed swale projects has grown and gotten significantly backlogged. The City tracks pending projects to ensure they remain in the scheduling pipeline until they can be scheduled and completed.

On Monday, March 25, the City will provide information on the entire stormwater drainage management plan at a pair of public outreach meetings. The meetings will be at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. The public is invited to attend; advance reservations aren't necessary.

At the Stormwater Outreach Meetings on March 25, City staff will share details about the Master Plan now under way, explain the new approach being taken, and discuss immediate priorities for improving the drainage system.

For more information, contact Cindi Lane, APR, Communications & Marketing Manager, at clane@palmcoastgov.com and 386-986-3708.