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G.I. Drainage Project Nears Completion

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Another Grand Island drainage project is nearing completion.

G.I. Public Works Director John Collins says the Stagecoach Detention Cell could be completely redone in the next two weeks.

Collins says he's already getting positive feedback on the project from the community.

But, in many parts of town Monday flash flooding followed heavy rains.

The city has more than eight projects – not counting sub-projects - in the works to help with drainage.

Collins says a stretch of road near the intersection of Webb Road and Faidley Avenue is on the list because it is impassable after a hard rain.

That project hasn't started yet.

A study should be completed in the next one to two years to determine what else can be done.

"It's not like there's one overwhelming cause, but there are continual issues almost everywhere you look," said Collins. "All those together cause the water in the basements, the water standing in the ditches."

Collins says half of the city could see a difference when the North Morris Creek Detention cell project is completed in another two to three years.

Another big project starts next summer. That's when G.I. gets new equipment to clean the storm drains.

Collins says, in some areas, they're 90 percent clogged.

"We could keep it running 24/7 for years before we get the whole system clean," said Collins.

The Street Department recently tested the equipment downtown and there was so much dirt it took a week to clean one block.

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