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Neighborhood Flooding Issues Being Addressed

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These summer rain showers are causing a consistent headache for one community. The Baldwin Park neighborhood is constantly plagued with standing water anytime there's a downpour.

The city is planning to increase the size of the drainage pipes around Baldwin Park Circle to help alleviate the mess.

Anytime there's a big rain shower, Baldwin Park neighbors start referring to their streets as lakes.

"I've actually seen somebody kayaking in the intersection out there. The water can get up as high as about the middle of the fire hydrant," said Chris Thompson.

Chris Thompson said the flooding not only messes up the yards but causes a safety issue too.

"It gets pretty intense. I've seen a lot of cars stall trying to get through the water because they can't tell how deep it is right there in the intersection," said Thompson.

Savannah Alderwoman Mary Osborne said water pooling in the streets has been going on for years. 

"It has everything to do with the drainage system. We have an old infrastructure and drainage system," said Osborne.

Osborne, who lives in Baldwin Park, is ready to see the improvements.

"I have to park three doors down from my house, wade through water to get to my front porch. It's unbelievable," said Osborne.

Thompson said she is tired of rearranging her plans because of the drainage problems. 

"You can't walk anywhere, you can't drive anywhere, you're just kind of stuck here," said Thompson.

Baldwin Park is one of three priority drainage projects the city is fixing. The other projects are in the Habersham Village area and near President Street.

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