Elizabeth City deals with storm drainage issues


by Philip Townsend, 13News Now


Posted on July 15, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 6:38 AM

ELIZABETH CITY---Storm water runoff and flooding are becoming a daily nuisance for some people in Elizabeth City.

In certain sections of town water fills the streets even when a storm hasn't passed through.

"It just doesn't drain well," said resident Norman Warden.

Drivers had to drive through three inches of water on Shepherd Street Tuesday. It wasn't a major problem, but when after a rainstorm the conditions get significantly worse.

"It's like a river," said Francisco Bicente.

The city may have a solution.

On Monday night, council members discussed tightening up the planning process for storm water projects.

They also approved hundreds of thousand of dollars for ditch improvements off of Halstead Boulevard near the fairgrounds, and the unclogging of a large underground drainage system on Church Street.

Council members are asking the public to meet them half way. They're hoping people can cut back on yard debris and trash that can sometimes creep into the system.