Escambia County has been awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (FEMA/HMGP) grant for the Lake Charlene Outfall Project, to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters. The goal of this mitigation project is to improve drainage for the Lake Charlene area. The project begins at the channel intersecting Lake Joanne Drive on the west and expands east to the intersection of South 61st Avenue, then south to the outfall at U.S. Highway 98.
The grant is set up in two phases:
Phase 1 - Design and Construction:
Federal HMGP funds total $314,274. Design for this phase is underway. After design, easement acquisition, environmental permitting and bid packages are complete and delivered to FDEM-FEMA for review.
Upon completion, Phase 1 will provide protection against a 50-year storm event. A public meeting will be scheduled upon completion of 60 percent design completion. Discussion will focus on the balance of safety for residents and aesthetic concerns.
Phase 2 Construction:
The project will then be considered by FEMA for funding and an agreement amendment. The current plan for Phase 2, the construction phase, is to install approximately 1,600 feet of double 60-inch concrete pipe from the channel intersecting Lake Joanne Drive, east to 61st Avenue, and then south on 61st Avenue. At minimum, another 800 feet of 66-inch pipe and 110 feet of 60-inch pipe will be installed to reach the U.S. 98 outfall location.
The construction schedule will depend on identification of needed easements and issues associated with those easements.
Future improvement is planned to provide a secondary outfall for the Bridle Trail lake area through an alternate funding source.