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Richmond storm drain improvements to stop flooding problems

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Richmond is receiving nearly $4 million to fix the city's storm drains. Those who live and work around the city say it doesn't take much rain before parts of the city are flooded. This past August, someone had to escape from their basement because the ground just couldn't hold the water.

Michael Valpreda has worked at Pally's Liquor for seven years and has seen his share of problems.

"We've seen cars floating down the street," says Valpreda. "I've seen water standing up to my calf ... They've had three feet of water in that State Farm building
parking lot."

Construction on the new storm water system will begin about a month from now. It will affect streets from Second to Collins and Main and Water.

As for Pally's, Valpreda says it will cause an inconvenience. He says it will be worth it in the end.

"It's going to create a problem with our drive-thru customers, but hopefully we can allow them to put a temporary ramp up," Valpreda says.

City officials hope downtown streets will stay dry after the construction.

Mayor Jim Barnes says construction on the multi-million dollar project should be completed in December.

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