Water-Related News

Polk County say there’s no easy fis for Imperial Lakes flooding, but long-term fix is planned

Imperial Lakes residents looking for a quick fix to decades-long flooding problems will probably be disappointed.

Joan Pezzani and her neighbors told Polk County commissioners at Tuesday's meeting that they wanted an immediate fix to periodic flooding along Imperial Lakes Boulevard. The boulevard is the only way in or out of the massive 1,700-acre golf course community with housing and commercial developments in Mulberry.

She is concerned that her disabled daughter and the more than 60% of the community's elderly residents may not be accessible by first responders in the event of an emergency.

County officials said Tuesday there is no immediate fix to the problems, but they suggested they might try to expedite a longer-term fix that's in the works. In the meantime, commissioners decided to reach out to the homeowners association of Belmont Park, a small neighborhood within Imperial Lakes that's close to the flood-prone area, to see if the association could dredge a retention pond and a drainage ditch.