Roanoke City works to prevent flooding downtown by upgrading storm drains

ROANOKE, Va – Roanoke City aims to improve its rainwater system over the long term to prevent flooding in the city center.

This morning the staff presented long-term plans to the city council.

The plans would create several projects to upgrade and repair existing systems over the next decade to prevent the downtown flooding that you see here. Currently, around 300 downtown properties are at risk of flooding in heavy rain.

“We want to make sure that we can take some sensible action to keep the frequency of incidents as low as possible so we can have some projects. We finished the analysis, the things we did, and really looked at an analysis of the immediate downtown watersheds, ”said Ian Shaw, manager of Stormwater Utility.

Staff also say the floods could cost taxpayers millions of dollars in damage over the next few years if these projects are not completed.

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