Flooding Problems

By: KAKE News
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If you drive down a street that's prone to flooding, don't expect repairs anytime soon.

It's a problem with no cheap solutions.

Wesley Kottus said his street was covered with water, when the rain fell just this past weekend. In his neighborhood along 21st street flooding is a constant problem.

Wesley said, "We had some rain, we had some wind, we had some rain, and by the way, did I mention we had some rain?"

But it's not an isolated case. Heavy rain often turns intersections in Wichita into rivers.

The problem is the storm systems can't handle it, when a very heavy rain falls in a short time.

They back up quickly, flooding the street. They've been that way for years. And city flood engineer Chris Carrier says it won't change anytime soon.

Carrier said, "It's going to take us awhile to work through all these problems." They are working on two projects to fix small drains, but there's more work to be done and no money to do it with.

Carrier says, "At one point it was estimated our storm drainage needs were in the neighborhood of $300 million."

To fix the problem, the city only gets about $15 million every 10 years. The county says it's in the same boat.

Wesley isn't convinced. But until it's fixed, he's hoping the rain will hold off for a while." Wesley said, "If it rains again it will be back. It's kind of like your old friend you never want to see again, they just never leave sometimes."

This week, the city began interviewing consultants who design new and improved storm sewers.

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