Getting Together

By: Todd Baucher
By: Todd Baucher

Things have dried out considerably in the greenwood drive area since this flooding took place earlier this month, but it's been an oasis in the midst of a rainy year in which the street has been under water more often than not. Officials of the Little Kanawha Resource and Development District say the problem can be solved, but the answer must begin with the residents themselves.

“After they're organized, they can get support from people, or groups, or governmental agencies. Because they do have someone who can do something, and carry out what they decide to do,” says John Carr.

Officials say grants, both state and federal, may be available some time in the future for a drainage project. That's a good thing, because such a project could cost $700,000. Residents say the problem has been going on for some time, and county commissioner Bob Tebay agrees. He says he's been getting calls about it since he was elected to the commission.

“The development continues to happen up there, and the planning commission can only be aware of any new development that goes in that they need to be wary of real flooding problems,” says Robert Tebay.

The state department of highways will be involved with the planning for the project, and there may also be an opportunity for public comment. Officials say as many as 20 homes may be affected by the high water problems.

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