Help Is Already On The Way For Southwest Wichita Flooding Problems

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Whenever rain is in the forecast, people who live near Meridian and Orient say they know they'll be driving through flooded streets.

“Every time, every time it rains it floods,” Robert Herrick said.

“Less than two inches and it's flooding,” Sarai Freeman said.

The area's flooding troubles could soon be a thing of the past. Construction has already begun on an underground concrete drain that would take storm water from Meridian straight down to the river.

“It's been on our list for quite some time and this will take care of one of the worst drainage areas in town,” City of Wichita engineer Gary Janzen said.

The project costs near $8.5 million and should be finished by early next year.

“That's going to be phenomenal and very much appreciated for everyone on the south side of town,” Freeman said.

City engineers say the project will solve the bulk of southwest Wichita's flooding problems. The next step will be to repave most of Meridian because the road is damaged from all the flooding.

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