Five Columbus homes, prone to flooding, have been cleared from their lots and studies are underway to come up with plans to reduce flooding in other parts of the city.
Deputy City Manager David Arrington said lots have been cleared of four homes on Califon Court and a fifth on Englewood Drive. The city paid $609,000 to acquire the five homes and another $287,000 for one-time flood grants for people who sustained flood damage inside their homes and businesses between January and April 20, 2009.
During a briefing Tuesday, Columbus Councilors got an update on the city’s efforts to reduce flooding in residential and commercial areas.
Studies on flooding are under way on Joy Road, Cusseta Road, Albion Way and Oakland Park. Design work is 95 percent complete on Robert E. Lee Drive where some homes were under water during heavy flooding. Additional studies are underway to identify drainage problems on Levy Road and Victory Drive.
The exact cost to deal with flooding is unknown, but Arrington said he believes funding will be available to deal with two key projects on Robert E. Lee and Joy Road. In the Holly Hills subdivision and on Englewood Drive, Arrington said the lots have been cleared and the areas turned back to greenspace. Arrington said he didn’t know what the final disposition of the lots would be but the city wouldn’t allow structures to be rebuilt on the property. “There are a number of options,” Arrington said. “You could turn it back into greens pace or you could reforest the areas, plant trees.”