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Bonita Springs locals want better flooding fix

Posted at 7:09 AM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 07:09:44-04

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- Newly installed water pumps in parts of Bonita springs are having trouble getting rid of standing water.
It’s because heavy rains are replacing water almost as fast as the pumps can get rid of it.
The storm that rolled through Tuesday, for example, brought in roughly half an inch of rain to the city.
The South Florida Water Management District installed water pumps in two areas near Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. 
The temporary pumps were installed to remove water from a drainage ditch. 
That water will then be pumped 4 miles south to the Cocohatchee River.
However some living nearby say they want permanent solutions. 
 
“For now it works because literally within 24 hrs the set is out of the stress so the people can get out and do what they need to do,” said one woman who lives nearby. “Long term, it's not a solution.”
 
Some communities in Bonita Springs were left under several feet of water following Hurricane Irma.
In those areas, people say flooding was more devastating to their homes than Irma's strong winds. 
The pumps were installed September 22nd, and will remain there until they are no longer needed.