City council approves storm basin

By Gary Brode |

Published 02/18 2014 10:11AM

Updated 02/20 2014 09:25AM

Latest: 10:06 pm, 2/18/14, Tuesday
CHAMPAIGN -- A plan to excavate a retention pond will move forward. The pond will be a Washington and Russell streets. City council members approved the two-phase project.

Neighbors have had issues with flooding on streets and in basements for years. Phase one of the plan should start in March. City leaders still need to determine how to pay for phase two which is 75% of the plan's cost.
Update: 4:55 pm, 2/18/14, Tuesday
CHAMPAIGN -- Dozens in an area neighborhood have been fighting flooding for decades. Tuesday night, they might see the start of a solution.

The city council will vote on a new retention pond on Washington Street near Russell. Neighbors say the streets are always impassable and some basements fill with water every year.

Residents started the West Washington Watershed Committee a few years ago to push for a basin. They hope for a big change. Council members are likely to approve the plan. Construction would start this year.
Original: 10:08 pm, 2/17/14, Monday
CHAMPAIGN -- City leaders have a new project in the works to stop flooding. The city council is expected to approve a $2 million plan to build a storm water retention basin near Washington and Russell streets. The area has some of the worst flooding in the city. The city council meets Tuesday night.

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