Sunday’s Rainstorm Unveils Improved Stormwater Drainage in Sebastian

Rain storm brings high winds and downpours in Sebastian, Florida.
Rain storm brings high winds and downpours in Sebastian, Florida.

The storm on Sunday hit Sebastian hard as it rolled in during the afternoon, bringing high winds and downpours for several hours. 

It showed just how much the drainage issues have improved in Sebastian. Neighborhoods that had noticeable flooding in the past did quite well Sunday. 

The storm dumped 3 to 6 inches of rain in under an hour in most parts of Sebastian.

“All of the hard work our city employees have been doing is paying off. We (the City Council) made drainage a priority, and it’s paying off. We have more work to do as it relates to Stormwater, and we are committed to doing what is best for Sebastian,” Sebastian Councilman Fred Jones told Sebastian Daily.

Sebastian Councilman Chris Nunn said he is also happy with how the stormwater system performed.

“I am very happy with how the Sebastian Stormwater system performed this weekend. I want to say thank you to City Manager Paul Carlisle and the entire Stormwater crew for the amazing work they have done. The countless hours of manual clearing of the ditch and culvert system throughout the city,” Nunn told Sebastian Daily.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 2021, starting at 6:00 p.m. Residents are encouraged to attend and provide public input.

On Sunday, a severe thunderstorm watch was posted at around 8:50 a.m. for Brevard County and Indian River County. Then, just after 1:30 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was posted for the Sebastian area, including Vero Beach. 

A sailboat overturned in the Indian River Lagoon after the storm. We learned last night that the sailboat owner and his neighbor planned to work on it Monday morning. We saw it back upright this morning, which is great news!

The owner, a longtime resident of Sebastian, has been working on the sailboat for the past five years. 

There was a tree down in Fellsmere, blocking North Bay Street. As of Monday morning, the road is clear.

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