ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – New pipes and valves recently installed in St. Augustine have helped alleviate floods in the city, according to St. Augustine Public Works Director Mike Cullum.

On Thursday, resident Lucinda Winn told First Coast News that during hurricane Dorian Water had come over her road, Fullerwood Drive.

"It was six inches deep, the street flowed down and we went," Uh-oh. "And then it stopped," said Winn.

Still, that's less of a flood than what she saw when Hurricane Irma hit the Fullerwood neighborhood in St. Augustine, she said.

"So I have to think that something is helping or the storm surge was, well, it was a few feet less than what it was during Irma," she said.

According to Cullum, much of the aid could come from this large pipeline that was installed this summer in the Fullerwood neighborhood at the end of Macaris Street. The pipe flows into a marshy area.

"It worked very well," Cullum said. "Yes, no complaints from this neighborhood."

Cullum said the pipe – a so-called flood check valve – prevented salt water that rose in the swamp during the storm from flowing into the neighborhood. He said that the water in the neighborhood was actually rainwater.

"And when the tide subsided, [the new valve] Drain rainwater, "Cullum said.

The city has installed 31 of these new flood check valves throughout the city, but not at a single point of concern in the South Davis Shores area. It's the package the city bought last year in Coquina Road. During Dorian's visit, water flowed from a stream into the neighborhood as the tide rose.

"It's the lowest, that's the place that flooded when there was nowhere else inundated," Cullum said.

In a few houses and a few dozen garages in the city, mainly in the Davis Shores area, water was flowing.

With the money in, Cullum said the city plans to install two types of valves on Coquina Road, including a flood check valve, such as the valve that helped the Fullerwood neighborhood, where Winn lives.

She said, "I am grateful that the city is trying to help us out here."

However, she is not sure whether the new valve is down the road or a less violent storm.