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City Council pushes for progress on flooding projects


Flooding continues to be an issue for the city of Savannah, now the City Council members want to see more progress.

City Council members met with representatives from the city's Utilities, Development and Construction division who outlined plans they have for future development and the progress they've made to stop flooding problems.

Even though flooding along roadways is an issue, their main priority right now is structural flooding. The city just wrapped up a project along Gwinnett and Wheaton streets, adding pipes to divert water.

Three more projects are underway for the Bilbo Canal, Baldwin Park and Abercorn and 63rd Street. Expected to break ground in about eight months, crews will be building and adding more capacity to pipes to prevent flooding. 

But City Council members are concerned because there are other projects that were started nearly five years ago like the area of Habersham Shopping Center and Paulson Street and have not been completed.

"There has been money allocated for this and that's where my frustration is, the fact that nothing has been spent. They have spent the money in terms of doing the design work; we just haven't seen any shovels in the ground yet," said District 4 Councilwoman Mary Ellen Sprague.  

Sprague said this is major project that will take a lot of time and resources. There is still not a timeline set for when construction will begin but the city said it will not take additional five years to complete. 

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