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Salisbury Clears Clogged Drain That Caused Neighborhood Flooding

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SALSIBURY, Md. - Last week's heavy rain caused some pretty serious flooding in one Salisbury community, apparently due to a blockage in a drainage pipe.

The Department of Public Works was pumping water Monday, near the intersection of Delaware Avenue and West Isabella street in Salisbury.

With flooding a constant problem in the area, Salisbury is working with an engineer to design improvements.

"In the fall, a whole new system is coming to that entire branch of the Wicomico River," says Salisbury mayor, Jim Ireton.

The design calls for the installation of larger culvert pipes to help alleviate the flooding that occurs in the Coty Cox Branch area during significant rain.  Public Works is working to accelerate this project so that permanent upgrades can begin as soon as possible.  The construction is funded this year in the amount of $1,200,000.

But Mayor Ireton says that neighborhood faces another problem, "There is an environmental thing going on here, there's an infrastructure thing going on here, there's a pollution thing going on here," referencing a 13 gallon plastic trash can found lodged in a drainage pipe on Isabella street that caused flooding two weeks before.

The Coty Cox Branch project will be advertised for contractor bidding this fall, and construction is expected to start during fiscal year 2014.

Five families were displaced due to last weeks rain.  Four were able to return to their homes Monday.  One family is still in a hotel until repairs are completed.

NSCC has worked with community resources to provide food for those returning to their homes.

If you have any questions or live in the area and need assistance, please contact Susan Phillips with Neighborhood Services & Code Compliance 410-341-9550.

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