Outer Banks city installs storm drains to move flooding off streets

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MANTEO, NC (AP) — An Outer Banks city is close to completing a project aimed at ending a record of bad flooding after big storms.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports (http://bit.ly/1MLR2SC) that Manteo is weeks away from finishing a four-year project to install new stormwater drain lines.

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Manteo is on a Roanoke Island bay between the Croatan (crow-ah-TAN) and Roanoke sounds. The island is reached by bridges west to the mainland and east to Nags Head.

Two hurricanes in the past five years left water on downtown streets so deep people used kayaks to get around.

Town Planner Erin Burke says part of the problem is urban development in the community of 1,500 residents. Burke says the town now has more paved streets, parking lots and sidewalks that can’t absorb water.



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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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