Pensacola mayor upset about lack of funds to fix flooding

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — After heavy rain in the past week, Mayor Grover Robinson says he’s upset with drainage in some parts of the city. 

The city of Pensacola spent millions of dollars on road resurfacing in recent years but Robinson said some of that gas tax money should have been used to improve drainage. 

One area of west downtown that sees flooding is along Barrancas Avenue, especially near Government Street.

“I literally was hydroplaning and I thought my car was going to flood,” Miracle-Star Unterreiner said. 

Unterreiner owns Miracle Lashes and Skincare near that intersection and specializes in advanced skincare and has been doing eyelashes for eight years. She has a large clientele including people who come from out of town. 

“It will flood on average about six to eight inches when we have a lot of rain to the point where clients have to take their shoes off before they get into their car,” Unterreiner said. 

Mayor Robinson said before he took office at the end of 2018, the city spent millions of dollars to resurface roads all at once so there is no money to improve drainage now. 

There are new condos that were built near Government and Barrancas recently and a brewery coming later this year. 

Unterreiner and others hope something is done soon to fix the flooding issue. 

“I know a lot of the sprawl and the spread of the renovation of downtown is starting to come in this direction..that’s why I opened this location in October,” she said. 

The mayor calls this a “significant challenge” and said there’s not much that can be done at this point because there is no money. 

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