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Officials Hold Meeting on Oak Orchard Flooding

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OAK ORCHARD, Del. - On Monday night, officials from DNREC and DelDOT are joining Rep. Ruth Briggs King and Sen. Gerald Hocker to discuss the perpetual flooding in Oak Orchard. 

The annual meeting is taking place from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company at 32627 Oak Orchard Road in Millsboro. Rep. King says despite many instances of flooding, they are making progress by conducting a study and securing funding for dredging projects. 

"What we've done is taken a little bit of money and try to make it go as far as we can to really hit the hardest issues that need to be fixed first," she told WBOC.

Neighbors say in any major rainstorm, their streets wash out and sometimes their homes flood. Tim Domanski lives in Oak Orchard. He says he thinks the meeting is a good idea, but believes that the issue is far too expensive for any official to get behind.

"I think the government is unlikely to put that kind of an investment into a solution for this," he said. "But I think it's good, maybe they can take some steps to mitigate it a little bit." 

DNREC says the area currently has five high priority drainage projects in the design phase. At the meeting, people can ask questions about the projects and offer their insight. Unlike Domanski, longtime Oak Orchard resident Charles Kelley says he doesn't think the meeting will change a thing.

"When it floods, we're flooded in," he said. "You get nothing but lip action and get no action at all."

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