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New Calallen drainage ditch to be built to alleviate flooding

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Flood causing rains are the last thing on our minds during this summer heat, but if you live in a certain part of the Five Points area, it's something you worry about when dark clouds roll in. We're talking about the area off Highway 77, near County Road 50.

To help alleviate some of the flood waters, the county is putting in a new drainage ditch and one resident who lives in the area says, the drainage problem is only getting worse as the area continues to grow. 

Bob Turk has lived in his home for forty years and was one of the only residents on his street but Turk says in just the last twenty years, he's noticed a lot of new homes and businesses but the same old drainage system, which he says can't keep up.

Turk said, "For the first 25 years we had hurricanes, up to 16-18 inches of rain no problem, everything drained beautifully and then it started. Now we get a 3-5 inches of rain and we're all sitting out here praying that it'll stop because it doesn't drain."
 
It's an issue Commissioner Mike Pusley is all too familiar with.

Commissioner Pusley said, "The number one call I get from my constituents in this precinct has to do with water drainage."

Commissioner Pusley says for the last eight years he's been working to come up with a plan to help alleviate some of that flooding, finally settling on a $600,000 drainage ditch that stretches a mile long. "We've been chipping away at it. This is not going to solve all the drainage problems out here - it's another bandaid - but it's a big bandaid and we think it's going to help a lot."

The property this drainage ditch is on is private property, owned by two different businesses. The county says each owner gave the rights to the county for free, to build this ditch saving the county several hundred thousand dollars. 

If the weather continues to cooperate, construction is expected to wrap up in about three weeks.

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