Escambia County To Design Expansion Of Ransom Middle Pond To Reduce Flooding In Area

May 22, 2022

The Escambia County Commission recently approved funds to design an expansion of a holding pond at Ransom Middle School.

According to the county, an existing holding pond at Ransom Middle experiences severe flooding during moderate to heavy rain events.

Sigma Consulting Group of Pensacola will design drainage improvements to expand the existing stormwater pond at cost of $39,975. The existing pond will be designed to expand to an area encompassing approximately 3.5 acres.

The goal of this project is to design and construct a pond located within the southwest portion of the Ransom Middle School property in an effort to attenuate stormwater to the constructed pond to reduce the risk of flooding. The project is considered as part of a larger plan to reduce flooding in this area, according to Escambia County.

The design will be funded using Local Option Sales Tax. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


7 Responses to “Escambia County To Design Expansion Of Ransom Middle Pond To Reduce Flooding In Area”

  1. Hey Louis on May 23rd, 2022 8:34 pm

    How many acres behind the school does ECSD already own? That has to be at least 100 acres of flat land for flying kites.

  2. PATRICIA GRIFFITH on May 23rd, 2022 4:53 pm

    I agree with Mr. O’Rear…clean it up.. do not use up all the space for the School…need the area….Concrete is not the answer…

  3. LOL on May 23rd, 2022 11:34 am

    So the county is going to pay for stormwater improvements for the new development going in to the south–I believe they are calling it “McKenzie’s Ridge,” or some such nonsense. It’s a lot of swamp/wetlands, yet the BOCC keeps approving development in these areas and then wonders why we end up with fiascos like Bristol Park.

    Plus they continue to approve development and then try to fix traffic problems after the fact.

    And the “upscale” Dollar Generals at Muscogee and Kingsfield look like trash, inside and out.

  4. Frankly on May 23rd, 2022 10:37 am

    To begin with it should not be a bond at all, our business was required to spend thousands of $$$ to make sure it did not retain water more than 72 hours, why does the county live by different rules than john doe?

  5. Fence jumper on May 23rd, 2022 9:03 am

    @ Louis….. Relocate some prairie pitcher plants to the pond ASAP.

  6. Louis O’Rear on May 22nd, 2022 4:48 pm

    I teach 8th grade science at Ransom. For many years I have used that little pond area with my students. I also use the big field adjacent to the pond for many activities with my students. It’s where we fly the tetrahedral kites and the gliders that the students build by hand. And it’s where we launch the rockets that they build out of garbage. I am all for improvements, but I also hope that area will not be locked up and closed off after the work is completed. Currently I estimate the total area of the current pond to only be about a quarter of an acre. If it’s built to 3.5 acres, will we even have a school field to utilize at all? We need access to a large open space away from the PE fields utilized by the PE department. I’m not sure I agree with losing part of our school property to benefit a property being developed for profit commercially. Maybe the developers of the real estate ventures and neighborhoods under construction can sacrifice some of their own property for a retention pond, as is normally done. Fingers crossed for my future students and my science curriculum.

  7. Bonnie Exner on May 22nd, 2022 12:40 pm

    With all the new homes being built on Kingfield, this is a needed expansion..Flooding is a major concern throughout the entire county. It is a proven fact that concrete is not as a forgiving drainage conduit. Again the tax payer is the one that will pay for these necessary improvements..why can’t the developers/ builders who profit from this expansion pay their fair share through IMPACT FEES??

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