Drainage work continues in phases

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Road work continues on a project to stop flooding on area streets.

Monday was the first day of work on Flora Drive and Flora Court. It’s a pretty extensive plan. Once it’s done, city leaders say the neighborhoods will look a lot different.

It’s phase three of a much larger project to help those roads drain. The phase started in the beginning of March at the old Dr. Howard School location.

Neighbors say they’ve had trouble with flooding in basements and on the road. One renter said her basement has already flooded twice in the three months she’s been living here.

People who don’t have basements have had water get into their cars while parked on the street. City leaders say the project has been a long time coming.

There will be a fourth phase of the project at Prospect and McKinley and is still in the design phase.

The current phase is expected to finish in December.

The entire project started in 2014 with a detention basin added on West Washington Street. The second phase was the detention basin in Glenn Park.

Work being done now is connecting some neighborhoods with flooding issues to those detention basins.

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