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South Bowers Residents Call for Drainage Repairs

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Flooding has become routine in Bowers Beach, especially with an eastern wind (SOURCE: WBOC) Flooding has become routine in Bowers Beach, especially with an eastern wind (SOURCE: WBOC)

SOUTH BOWERS, Del. - Residents of South Bowers are voicing their concern over persistent drainage problems in their community. At a Wednesday night meeting in Milford, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control presented their plans for ten drainage projects in the bayshore region. However, those projects did not include any in South Bowers, which neighbors have called "unfair." 

Resident Richard "Skip" Webb was at the meeting, and said that he's frustrated. 

"The community will never get any larger," he said. "There will not be any stores or condominiums. Or anything like that down here. And I guess the state just figured we're not worth it." 

Brooks Cahall, from the drainage program in DNREC, said that the priority list was formed by a contractor. Their findings indicated that the solution to South Bowers' problem, was to raise the road by as high as 2.5 feet. That procedure would be a project for the Department of Transportation, and not for DNREC. 

Cahall said that they passed this information on to DelDOT earlier this Spring. 

Webb said that raising the road might be the long-term fix, but he said he was upset because the drainage program wouldn't take action in the short-term, to alleviate the flooding. 

"When you have to run through salt water every day in your car," he said. "And your car rusts out - then you have a $60,000 car - in two years - it's not worth a darn."

Another South Bowers resident, Jane Laughlin, said she didn't even go to Wednesday's meeting, because she was so doubtful of something being done. 

"It's totally frustrating," she said. "I've been told a number of times that something was going to happen. That they were going to figure out some solution. They've done a number of studies that don't ever seem to conclude anything."

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