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Flooding in Henderson near roundabout - again

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Posted at 11:11 AM, May 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-11 11:23:04-04

Years after the state transportation department promised to address it, the roundabout in Henderson is still flooding.

Here are some pictures taken under the interstate this morning:

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Back in 2019, we talked to local business owners and DOTD about this issue. The property owners told us the flooding didn't begin until after DOTD built a roundabout at that exit.

DOTD said then that they planned extra work. "We have some ditches to re-grade, drain and clean. Also on the north side, we have some additional pipe work to do and a catch basin that’s too high. We need an adequate catch basin to help drain everything properly.”

When we spoke with them today, DOTD did admit that the issues of flooding are because of the work done for the roundabouts.

They chose, when installing the roundabout, to lower the grade of the area to accommodate large trucks that would use the roundabout, a spokeswoman tells us.

Drainage was put in, but DOTD did not expect the severity of the issues that have been seen every time there are prolonged rains.

They have not made any changes to the drainage due to other projects going on in the area and along I-10, the spokeswoman tells us.

The plan is to put more drainage in place and have brought plans to be approved. There is no timeline for when that will be started or completed, the spokeswoman said.