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It's been a broken record for people living or working in the Monroe-Harvest area of west Toledo: When it rains, it floods. Now, a major work project aims to give people some surface flooding relief.
Crews have started to clear the way for a portion of Barnum Ditch to be widened, which would increase storm water flow capacity in that area.
Matt Davenport has been living along Violet Road for the past three years.
"When it rains it gets into our driveway. People can't avoid it. They either have to drive through it or turn around," said Davenport.
Living in his west Toledo home for the past 11 years, Paul Schultz says a solution has been long overdue.
"Really bad sometimes. We have to go around Monroe Street because it gets so deep. You're never quite sure how deep it is," said Schultz.
Besides making Barnum Ditch wider, Toledo Engineering Services Commissioner Robin Whitney says the $850,000 project also involves installing larger storm water pipes leading from Monroe Street to the ditch.
"What we found after the city investigated this, there's a 42-inch line out of Monroe Street, but it restricts down to smaller lines as you go downstream. So we're trying to remove those choke points," explained Whitney.
For neighbors, all they care about is seeing results.
"I think it's going to be good. People will be able to get down here," said Davenport.
"It definitely floods very easily around here. We've had some substantial rain this summer. The flooding did occur quite often," said Schultz.
The project is expected to take six months to complete. Depending on weather, it could wrap up late this year or early next year.