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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding Problems

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SALISBURY, Md.- Waterfront property is a great selling point for a home on the market.  But it is problem, not a luxury, some people are facing in the city of Salisbury after all of the recent rain storms.

Betty Oglesby lives at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Rose Street and watched the water rise over the past few days as the rain continued to fall.

"It's a pain.  I'm right on the corner and I have to go out the other street.  If I didn't have a driveway I would be a marooned and I would have to need a boat to get out.  And I am in the city.  I'm not in the suburbs, I'm in the city," said Oglesby.

The past three days has brought 1.45 inches of rain to Salisbury.  So far this year, the city has seen 29.24 inches of rain.  That is nearly 7 inches of rain ahead of schedule for this year.  With that amount of water, the ground becomes saturated and can't soak any more up.  Also, around Delaware Avenue and the Coty Cox branch of the Wicomico River, the drainage pipes are decades old and too small to handle that amount of water so drainage is a problem.  Local resident Teresa Reid is praying the weather clears up soon.

"The creek has been flooded for the last couple of days.  If it rains anymore, today or tomorrow, Delaware Avenue, the backyards, are going to be flooded," said Reid.

The city of Salisbury had crews pumping water out of basements in the Delaware Avenue area starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.  There is also more relief on the way.  Plans need to be submitted to the city and then sent out to bid, but construction will soon be under way to replace the antiquated drainage pipes in the area to help stop this flooding from happening. 

Mayor Jim Ireton told WBOC the bidding process should happen in late August to early September with work starting soon after.  The whole project should be completed by December or January. Until then, neighbors in that area of Salisbury are hoping for two words in the weather forecast - clear skies.

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