Officials hold drainage meeting for Wicomico County residents

Severe weather has been rolling through the region over the past few weeks,  and its bringing up an all too familiar issue for Wicomico County Residents…flooding and drainage problems,

A gym full of fed-up community members voiced their frustrations to local county officials, and they're saying enough is enough. They want action taken now.

"Now is the time  we need to speak up and they need to hold their end of the bargain," said Wicomico County Resident Gail Disharoon-Gray.

Dozens of Wicomico County residents came out to the West Side Community Center Tuesday evening to voice their concerns over drainage issues they've faced over the past couple of years.

"We've had some tremendous storms over the last two years storms that I don't remember having. Certainly they made small problems big problems," said Wicomico County Roads Division Superintendent Lee Outten.

This is the fourth of six meetings The Wicomico County Department of Public Works plans to hold across the county to pinpoint the exact areas where residents are seeing the drainage issues.

"What we're doing is reaching out to the community to find out locations where they've been experiencing drainage problems so we can try to figure out where our hot spots are and also to reach out and let them know what the county has been working on to try and improve drainage problems," said the Director of Wicomico County Public Works Dallas Baker.

Local officials came out to hear community members concerns over drainage issues, and now they're planning to attack that problem with a three E plan.

"The three E's that are being presented tonight, the enforcement, the engineering, and the education I think people really realize the ditch is there for a reason, they may not be pretty but they serve a real purpose," said Outten.

And residents say they don't want officials to just hear their problems, but finally do something about them, and that their actions speak louder than their words.

"I would like to see them with crews going up and down Nanticoke road and visually taking into account what could be done, what needs to be done and who is responsible," said Disharoon-Gray.

And if you missed out on Tuesday's drainage meeting, Wicomico County's Department of Public works will be hosting another meeting Thursday, March 15th at 6 at the Wicomico Civic Center.

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