FEMA has approved a grant of $2,319,585 to help the City of Cocoa improve drainage along Fiske Boulevard and the Broadmoor Acres Subdivision during a storm.
The proposal was submitted to FEMA after Hurricane Irma in 2017 as part of their Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and will fund the installation of 12,625 linear feet of roadside swales to improve drainage and street runoff. It will add 5,520 cubic feet of water storage and 2,617 linear feet of drainage pipe along Fiske Blvd., which will help reduce flooding by capturing and conveying stormwater along that corridor including the Broadmoor Acres community. The drainage project runs from Peachtree Street on the north to Highland Drive and then over to Bracco stormwater treatment area and includes streets in the Broadmoor Acres community and is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2021.
“The Fiske Blvd. drainage project will help to reduce future vulnerabilities and will provide long-term solutions to help strengthen that entire corridor,” said Deputy Mayor and District 1 Councilman, Alex Goins.
“This grant funding will allow us the opportunity to improve a flooding issue that has been plaguing this area for many years. I am grateful that staff worked so hard to find solutions to make this project a priority,” said District 2 Councilman Lavander Hearn.