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Stormwater Management Department updates city council on Savannah's flooding issues

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Savannah leaders are learning what resources the Stormwater Management Department has at its disposal to combat flooding in the community, and also where improvements are needed.

The department’s director gave a presentation to Savannah City Council members in Thursday's work session.

This was an update from the Stormwater Management Department, and also a "heads-up" that at some point in the near future, some parts of the gear used to keep Savannah above water when it rains might need to be replaced.

Department Director Roger Raines detailed for council all the assets at their disposal to manage stormwater within the city limits.

Raines gave updates on projects currently underway, like the Bilbo Canal project along President Street, and areas where improvements are needed to keep flood water from homes and businesses, like along the Placentia Canal. But Raines says improvement and maintenance projects are constantly underway.

"Mr. Raines made a good point. The easy stuff has been done. Now we're looking at the tougher things. Each project we do is going to be a little more difficult than the one before it. It's also going to be a little bit more expensive. At the same time, you have to maintain all this equipment. This is huge equipment, very heavy equipment. When it wears out, it's expensive, it has to be maintained. And that was what he was talking about,” said District 4 Alderman Julian Miller.

Raines says when it comes to the most expensive fixes, like with the pumps, often it's only certain components that need to be replaced, not the whole pump.

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