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Butler Street Drainage Improvements

Butler Street Project Timeline:

  • 45% Design Plans – 2/22 to 4/9
  • Public Involvement Workshops and TC meeting – 4/12 to 5/11
  • Geotech, utility test holes, survey to pick up test holes – 5/12 to 5/26
  • Final Design Drainage Plans and Water Main Plans – 5/12 to 7/12
  • Public Workshop – 6/3 – WATCH
  • Permitting – 5/12 to 8/12
  • Public Involvement and TC meeting – 7/13 to 8/10
  • Bid Plans – 8/11 to 9/13
  • Public Workshop – 12/1/2021 – WATCH

Public Notice

Posted September 22, 2022

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22 November 2022

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for Federal grant funding.  Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideration to provide funding in the form of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Funds will be provided in accordance with Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended.


Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low-income populations.


Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.


Town of Windermere


Project Title:
HMGP-4337-449-R – Town of Windermere, 6th Avenue and Butler Street, Drainage


Location of Proposed Work:
Windermere, Florida 34786.
The area affected by this project consists of the following locations:
Butler St from W 6th Ave to W 7th Ave
W 7th Ave from Butler St to Main St
Fernwood Park


Proposed Work and Purpose:
This project involves the regrading of the dirt road, regrading of the existing ditches, modification of the existing drainage system, and drainage/piping installation on Butler Street, Seventh Ave, and enhancements to Fernwood Park. The purpose of this project is to alleviate flooding and washouts along the dirt road and to collect runoff before discharging to Lake Butler.


The proposal is to upgrade the existing roadway and drainage system by grading the existing dirt road and installing an enhanced stormwater system. The proposed stormwater system includes improving the drainage collection and conveyance with roadside swales, concrete gutters, and a stormwater piping system. Sodded roadside swales are to be installed with plastic erosion matting. Additionally, runoff storage shall be increased utilizing a new rain garden and retention areas. The improved stormwater system includes the addition of seven ditch bottom inlets, seven gutter inlets, and three new manholes. One existing drainage structure is to be modified for the project. The project includes stormwater piping and a mitered end section for each pipe size. Installation of approximately 117 linear feet (LF) of 15-inch round pipe, 714 linear feet (LF) of 18-inch round pipe, and 66 linear feet (LF) of 24-inch round pipe is proposed. The rain garden is to be 0.14 acres and planted as part of the retention areas located at the East side of Fernwood Park. An outfall weir, and associated improvements, is proposed to regulate flow into Lake Butler from the rain garden and retention area. As part of the stormwater improvement in the area the existing dirt roadway is to be graded to accommodate the mitigation solution. The proposal includes approximately 1,325 linear feet of roadway improvements, this includes the removal of 6 inches of existing material as well as furnishing and installing 6 inches of shell base for pavers material to connect to the overall grading system. Outside the roadway, grading work ties the site back to existing conditions. The project includes returning driveways that are damaged during construction to an operational condition. This project shall mitigate flooding that currently persists during rainfall events, protecting residences that have experienced repetitive flooding on roads and structural damages.


Project Alternatives:
The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) paving the existing road and providing a closed storm sewer system with inlets. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) repetitive flooding and erosion are not alleviated and the needs of the community would not be served; and Alternative 2) does not retain the fabric and character of the community and is cost prohibitive, and therefore not practicable.


Comment Period:
Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project.  The comments should be made in writing and addressed to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bureau of Mitigation, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100.  These are due within 30 days of this notice.  The State will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed.  Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting:


Robert Smith, Town Manager
Town of Windermere
(407) 876-2563 x 5324


Kayla Born, State Lead Environmental Specialist           
Florida Division of Emergency Management
(850) 815-4582