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Updated: 10/10/2017 08:30:01AM

Crystal Lake slowly draining

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Water sits on Monday around the home of Les and Char Richardson in Crystal Lake Club of Avon Park. Richardson said Monday over the phone that his wife has suffered from stress, which he attributes to the water drainage difficulties in the community.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

A contracted service has a generator-run pump working to move water from a storm drain, to the left, on Hogan Lane in Crystal Lake Club.

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From left, Jerry Jones, Brad Reutz and Joy Faulkner discuss past and present drainage issues and incidents in Crystal Lake Club of Avon Park. The Homeowners Association has a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the situation further.

COURTESY PHOTO/JOY FAULKNER

A photograph printed on March 30, 1998, shows a flooded street at the corner of South Country Club Road and Flamingo Road. Joy Faulkner, the owner of the photograph and a former Crystal Lake Club Homeowners Association board member, believes the 'new' owners should have known and dealt with potential drainage problems years ago, based on events like this one, which was an El Niño rainstorm.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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AVON PARK — Pavement at South Country Club Drive and Hogan Lane smells like a catfish pond and slips under the feet. Water has cleared, but so have Crystal Lake residents.

“Jim (Fitzgerald) is leaving,” said Brad Reutz, pointing to the baby-blue home at the corner of the intersection, which he said is one of a dozen left uninhabitable by rising waters after Hurricane Irma.

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