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Panama City Pumps Money into Pump Station After 4th of July Flooding

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Flash back to over a month ago around the Fourth of July. An unprecedented 18 inches of rain mixed with the malfunction of a nearby pump station wrecked havoc for residents on Cincinnati avenue in Panama City.

The Doughtery family was forced to rip out their carpet after their home flooded with nearly three inches of water. The pump station near their home lost power causing the pumps to stop. Water flooded the roadway and eventually their house.

At the Panama City commission meeting on Tuesday, the board considered an amendment in the amount of $25,385 to add three back flow preventers to the pump station to rectify future problems.

While some commissioners weren't sure more money needed to be pumped into the station at 19th street, the budget amendment was passed.

That money will also help fund a database system that links the pump station to Panama City Public Works employees.

"If the water starts getting high we will actually get phone calls," said Marcus Parrish with Panama City Public Works. "That system will call us out and say listen we are getting high water over here, which will prompt someone on call to either flip open a lap top and look at it or go to the site and kick the pumps in or check if there's a problem."

Parrish tells News13 this system will take a few months to put in place, but is currently the same one used at Panama City lift stations.