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Updated: 01/10/2018 08:30:03AM

County signs off on $600K watershed plan

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COURTESY PHOTO/HIGHLANDS COUNTY

This photo taken Sept. 13, 2017 shows the intersection of Holly Trail and River Drive in Sebring, just west of U.S. 27. This house is located in the 300 block of River Drive.

COURTESY PHOTO/HIGHLANDS COUNTY

This photo shows the water level in Josephine Creek between Jack Creek and U.S. 27 in Serbing on Sept. 13, 2017, after Hurricane Irma came through Highlands County. By Sept. 13, the water had receded at least 1 foot lower than its peak.

COURTESY PHOTO/HIGHLANDS COUNTY

This photo shows 400 River Drive in Sebring on Sept. 13, 2017, two days after Hurricane Irma came through Highlands County.

COURTESY PHOTO/HIGHLANDS COUNTY

This is the area of Jack Creek and Josephine Creek. The photo taken Sept. 13, 2017 shows River Road and Riverway Road under water and houses flooded or threatened.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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SEBRING — Short-term fixes to handle post-hurricane flooding in the Jack Creek area didn’t have state permits, and must now be removed.

However, the Southwest Florida Water Management District has agreed to pitch in with the county to install permanent fixes to the problem, as long as the county will pay a fourth of the cost, projected at $600,000.

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