City responds to Pine Valley stormwater drainage concerns

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A car drives through flooding in the Pine Valley area of Wilmington on May 28, 2019. (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Monday, we told you about some Pine Valley residents upset about flooding.

They said it was a drainage issue the city of Wilmington should fix, so we reached out to the city Tuesday for some answers.

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When a lot of rain is expected, the city says stormwater crews clean debris from culverts, ditches, grates and drainage pipes around Wilmington.

City spokesman Dylan Lee says those crews sometimes cannot keep up if the rain is coming down too quickly.

He says the city has invested millions of dollars in stormwater improvements since 1998, but occasionally, Mother Nature gets her way.

“It’s not perfect, and certain rainstorms, heavy ones like we got yesterday and particularly the one we got a couple weeks ago, are going to tax the system,” Lee said. “Localized flooding is bound to occur when we get those really intense rainfalls in a short period of time.”

Lee says Monday’s flooding could have been worse in Pine Valley if it were not for a recent $2.2 million stormwater project there.