For Immediate Release
June 19, 2014
Contact: Nicole Lesson
"Knowing how crucial these two projects are to our Town residents, we worked hard with our State Legislators to obtain the funds for improvements to the canal banks on the north end and to drainage in the West Lakes Community,” Mayor Wayne Slaton said. “I would like to thank the Town Council, State Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., Senator Rene Garcia, State Rep Jose Oliva, and Miami-Dade Delegation Chair Eddy Gonzalez for their efforts in securing these much–needed state funds for the Town. Miami Lakes is fortunate to have such dedicated public servants.”The Canal Bank Stabilization Project received $1 million and will address current deficiencies along 10,000 linear feet of canal banks, through surveying and engineering improvement designs for canal bank stabilization and landscaping. Damages to the canal banks have been caused by severe erosion and require immediate correction.
The second project earmarked $300,000 to Phase II of the West Lakes Drainage Improvements, where they will complete the drainage system retrofit and install new exfiltration trenches. The West Lakes community, in the southwestern portion of the Town, continues to be adversely impacted by flooding events, with rainwater reaching residential garages and covering streets and sidewalks. Heavy rainfall resulted in property damage for many of the 236 homes located in the project area, and three properties have already been designated as Severe Repetitive Loss properties.