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Council approves repair to stormwater ditch

After a five inch rain last month, homeowner Jason Whitt had enough.
Just days before he spoke to the Richmond City Council about the potential flooding problems near his property on South Street between Thornton and College.
The storm on May 15 provided Whitt with all the evidence needed to get something done.
Some councilmen, aware of Whitt’s issue, drove by the area during the storm.
The Council voted unanimously to spend up to $6,500 to put in a bigger drainage tube under South Street and widen the road.
The city is also currently working near Wilson Blvd. and McKinley streets on flooding issues. Another homeowner near Sanderson Street also has petitioned the council for help this week.
Before the vote, Councilman Jason Berning questioned whether or not the project was the highest on the city’s priority list.
City Administrator Rick Childers added that there are no shortages of stormwater issues to address, including Lexington Street where the city holds full engineering in hand.
Councilman Dave Powell and Roger Kepple both said the area is a safety issue.

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