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Checking progress in Pace neighborhood after recent flooding

SANTA ROSA COUNTY  --  A follow up now on a story we first brought you after recent heavy rain washed away a Pace family's back yard.
Jim Carmack/Channel 3 News
"The landscape is much different today in the Ashley Plantation subdivision in Pace.  You may remember a story we brought you where this entire hill basically was washed out because of rain water, flowing all the sod and grass down into the fence row along the back of the house."

This was the scene on April 15th.  The back yard of guy and Charlotte Peters was washed away.  Holes several feet deep and water running downhill unimpeded.  This was their reaction then.

Charlotte Peters/Homeowner:
"It's terrifying. We saw a very small spot turn into what you see behind me."
Today, the soil has been filled back in and new sod has been laid.  Santa Rosa County paid for the repairs to be made by a sub-contractor.  The Public Works director says the main cause of the wash out was lack of adequate drainage from the roads in the neighborhood.

Avis Whitfield/Santa Rosa County Public Works Director
"So much water hit the ground so fast that is just overwhelmed the drainage system."
But Whitfield says it's more than just a poor drainage issue.

" The soils are saturated, the ponds are full, wetlands are full, so now any drop of water that hits the ground immediately becomes runoff."

Repairs are being planned to the drainage system in this neighborhood.  Unfortunately, other areas of Santa Rosa also need repairs where feasible.

"The places where we can do maintenance with our personnel here, we're doing those.  We're even contracting out some work."

"I spoke with the homeowners earlier today and while they did not want to be on camera, they say they are grateful for the county's response in getting this hole filled in so quickly.  But they're concerned this may be just a band-aid fix to a much bigger problem.