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Hundreds of Old Brandon homes to get relief from flooding

By Yvette C. Hammett

BRANDON – A joint project between Hillsborough County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District is designed to relieve areas in old Brandon that flood during heavy rains and improve water quality in some area lakes.

The $927,000 project includes building several weirs, or water control devices, to connect several ponds, Wee Lake and Lake Meade, south of Windhorst Street and west of Parsons Avenue.

For many years, that area has suffered flooding during heavy rains, especially during the heavy rains brought by El Nino in 1997 and again in the early 2000's, said Chin Feng Ho, senior professional engineer for Hillsborough County.

There is about a one square-mile area that right now, holds standing water during heavy rains.