By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Work done by city crews this summer to prevent flooding in the northeast section of the city paid off last week when record rainfall and frozen ground led to several isolated water problems in the county.
Last winter several residents living near the Preston Golf Course experienced flooding when heavy snows melted and water had no way to escape. A local irrigation company, the summer before, filled in decades-old canals after installing gravity-feed underground pipe to carry irrigation water.
These canals had collected runoff and snowmelt and helped divert it from the area.
City public works employees, with cooperation from the State Transportation Department, last summer enlarged and cleaned a surface drainage ditch from the golf course to North State near Burger King.
Public works supervisor John Balls told the city council Monday the completed drainage improvements really helped the area escape flooding on Jan. 21-22.
“The ditch was full and water was flowing well from the golf course to Burger King where it is dumped into an existing underground surface drain system,” he said. “We escaped major problems.”
The city recently announced it has received a grant to study long-term solutions to drainage problems at the north edge of the community.
See Wednesday’s print edition for additional details.
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