NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - New Smyrna Beach residents are dealing with flooding issues for the first time in years. Now, the city says lift it or leave.
"I have lived here since 1986. We have never flooded before inside the house," say Bob Forand.
Forand and others who live along Peninsula Avenue say Hurricane Matthew flooded their homes.
"We had four inches inside, all the furniture, the cabinets. Everything was gone, then we had to leave," says Forand. "We are lucky we had insurance."
Irma sent water from nearby Callalisa Creek into many of these homes. Sixty of his neighbors had the same issues -- this, after the city was given $10 million for storm water improvements. Engineers have recommended the city install valves to prevent future storm surges from flowing backward through the storm drainage system.
City officials say about half of those homeowners have shown interest in federal grants that could allow the city to either buy their homes or help the homeowners lift them off the ground, with stilts.
For now, Forand is staying put. He has his doubts these plans will benefit him.
"We'll see. You don't make out in these deals, and you don't even break even," he says. "What I paid for it, versus what I gotta pay for the next one, you don't come out ahead."
A meeting is planed for these Central Beach District homeowners on Thursday at 6 p.m., at the Cornado Civic Center.