Geneva drainage issues being addressed

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Geneva, Ala (WDHN)—Newly-elected Geneva Mayor David Hayes has been in office for a month but is quickly seeing
the issue that plagued several of his predecessors in office.

The City of Two Rivers has a high water table and lies adjacent to the Pea and Choctawhatchee.

During periods of “heavy rainfall”, flash and river flooding has been a chronic issue in Geneva.

Recently, Hayes says he received word the city will receive a 250-thousand dollar
Community Development Block Grant to help “fix” drainage issues. Its the fourth federal grant “issued”
over the last decade to replace century-old, leaking water and sewer lines.

Mayor Hayes says
“We’re blessed by the two rivers, but also cursed by them because of the water holding in the area and when it gets saturated it doesn’t want to get out of here.
So we’re going to have this water diverted and the engineers are working to get it out and when the people see it in this area, they will be thankful because it is an area
that has affected us for a long time.”

With the high water table and surrounded by two rivers. Many residents in neighborhoods of Geneva say street flooding is a main priority for them 24-hours, 365 days a year.

Hayes went on to say he’s “Very excited to get it started, we have a drainage issue which has affected a lot of families in the past. Hope to get it started as soon as possible. To get the water out of
Geneva.”

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