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City on phase 2 of flooding prevention project in west Toledo

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Work for phase two of the project will include installing larger drainage pipes to eliminate a choke-point in the storm water drainage system, as well as regrading Barnum Ditch. Work for phase two of the project will include installing larger drainage pipes to eliminate a choke-point in the storm water drainage system, as well as regrading Barnum Ditch.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The city of Toledo is looking to alleviate surface flooding problems in the area around the Monroe-Harvest intersection in west Toledo.

Back in 2006, the city began phase one of improvements along Barnum Ditch, and now the city is getting ready for phase two. That work will include installing larger drainage pipes to eliminate a choke-point in the storm water drainage system, as well as regrading the ditch.

The project will cost $850,000 from the storm water utility replacement fund.

William Dailey knows firsthand about the problems drivers face when heavy rain hits that area.

"Was driving through the neighborhood a couple of weeks ago, had flooding, shorted out all the electrical work in my car," said Dailey. 

Mike Aldrich works at Penn Station and has had plenty of experience with the flooding problems in that area.

"It gets real frustrating. You get people trying to go through and stalling all the time. You turn around, back track, get late for work," said Aldrich. 

Mary Park has lived in that neighborhood for the past 10 years.

"It floods down Violet. It floods down Harvest, and it floods down Monroe. A lot of times you can't drive through the puddles," she said. 

The work is expected to begin in July and wrap up by the end of the year.

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