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Date of Issue: September 17, 2008

Preparing for high water

High tides, heavy rains and strong winds caused minor flooding on Anna Maria Island roads last week.

Island officials said severe weather, combined with the characteristics of a barrier Island, make controlling stormwater difficult.

But there are precautions property owners can take in addition to some ongoing municipal drainage improvement projects:

  • Use vegetation instead of pavement when possible in landscaping.
  • Redirect runoff from roofs, patios and driveways to grassy areas or swales, where it can be filtered through silt and recharge groundwater levels.

Water that goes directly into a body of water often carries sediment, leaves and grass clippings.

  • Wash cars, when possible, on the lawn instead of in a driveway.
  • Dispose of trash, which can interfere with drainage, properly.
  • Landscape yards and gardens so water stays on the property.

Also, because stormwater runoff eventually makes its way into surrounding waters, property owners are encouraged to limit the use of pesticides and herbicides.

Additionally, keep vehicles in good repair to prevent oils and fuels from leaking onto pavement and eventually polluting water.

Source: Bradenton Beach public works department