Residents, business owners, and city staff in New Port Richey, Florida now have peace of mind that heavy rains and storms will not cause damage or cut off local roadways, thanks to new stormwater equipment purchased with funds from a Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Resilience grant.

City staff recognized the need to replace aging stormwater management equipment after heavy storms in 2016, including Hurricane Hermine, flooded the city and damaged roads.  New Port Richey had never experienced such severe flooding and people had to use boats or kayaks to move around.  As Hurricane Irma approached in September, 2017 residents were again worried about flooding.  The city was able to reduce water levels in flood-prone areas by using their new stormwater pump, reassuring residents, and business owners.

This project was funded by a NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grant awarded to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance in 2016 to foster resilience planning, promote best practices, and support coastal communities across the Gulf as they work to address resilience vulnerabilities.  The Alliance’s Habitat Resources and Coastal Resilience Teams are collaborating with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium to implement this award, funded by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management.

Learn about the other Gulf communities who received Coastal Resilience community grants.