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Evansville's City Council Approves Funds For Drainage Project

Office of Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

An east side Evansville neighborhood with a history of flooding will see an upgrade of its drainage system. 

The Evansville city council committed $2.2 million toward the project Monday night.

Several councilmembers said they’ve heard complaints recently from residents about flooding in their neighborhood, a portion of the area between Morgan Ave. and Theatre Dr.

Some residents that spoke at Monday’s council meeting said they have to park far from their homes and wade through floodwaters to get inside.

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But city engineer Brent Schmitt told council that even the insides of homes are getting wet.

"From talking with residents, they get water in the garages and I know of one resident, they’ve had extensive infiltration of their crawlspace as a result of this water," Schmitt said.

Schmitt said the problem’s gotten worse in recent years as the area develops.

To fix the issue, workers will reroute the flow of storm runoff and increase the size of drainage pipes.

Schmitt said he’s still waiting to get permits back from the state, but he added that there will be a contractor on site in August if everything goes to plan.