Nearly 100 families clean up from Manatee Co. flooding

Residents upset FEMA isn't offering assistance
Posted at 5:49 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 17:49:54-04

About two dozen residents of the Shadybrook Village Condos attended a meeting about recent flooding. Thirty-three units saw some type of damage from the heavy rains.

“We had at least two feet of water in some units, it’s total devastation,” said property manager John Lindsay.

He said he’s contacting county officials about how to keep the flooding from happening again. There is a creek behind the property that floods usually once a year, according to residents.

About sixty homeowners are cleaning up down the road from Shadybrook. Residents in the Centre Lake neighborhood also saw damage.

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County officials said there are no plans in place to change the drainage in either neighborhood. The properties are in a low lying area with a body of water nearby. A spokesperson for Manatee County said they are predicted to flood during major rain events.

Some residents at Shadybrook don’t believe they will return unless there is a plan for the future.

County officials said the Red Cross plans to offer temporary relief, but as of now FEMA isn't offering permanent assistance.