A new storm drainage project is expected to alleviate flooding in parts of Amarillo.
The Amarillo City Commission is voted to approve the storm water drainage project bid for Farmers road.
The project costing more than $4.4 million will add storm drainage pipe under Farmers road between Western and Georgia streets. Construction is expected to begin within 10 days.
City Engineer, Mark Read, says flooding in the Farmers and Western area isn't that bad but this project will help other areas that are.
"That project is in pretty good shape. But, since we needed to put the storm drains in over here anyway, it was just a good chance to go ahead and enlarge it now and be able to use that as part of our ultimate goal to fix some of these other flooding problems later on," Read says.
Read also says adding drainage from the Bell street area, which is hardest hit by flooding, onto the new system is part of that goal. But residents in that area will have to wait a little longer. We're told that addition won't happen for a few more years until more funding is available.