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Several projects underway in Joplin's redevelopment zone aim to reduce stormwater flooding issues

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Several projects currently underway in Joplin's redevelopment zone aim to reduce stormwater flooding issues.

The projects are funded by a repair damaged infrastructure program through the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

All funds must go to repairing infrastructure damaged as a result of heavy equipment and removal of large debris stuck inside storm sewer systems following the 2011 tornado in Joplin.

Guadalupe Chairez lives on Pennsylvania Ave. where drainage pipes are currently being replaced between 28th Street and 31st Street, an improvement, she says, is much needed.

"We get a lot of flash flooding," Chairez said. "It gets pretty bad. Sometimes the water comes all the way almost to our porch."

The two-foot wide pipes currently in place will nearly double in size, reducing flooding.

"I'm personally very glad to be able to improve this, to make this neighborhood safer and better to live in," said Dan Johnson, civil engineer for the City of Joplin.

The $14 million grant is divided up among all 16 projects funded by the program, which include sanitary sewer system repairs and sidewalk, curb repairs, in addition to the drainage pipe projects.

One of the other largest areas under construction is near 26th & Michigan Ave.

Half a block of newly constructed sidewalks were taken out, due to unforeseen poor soil conditions caused by previous mining activity beneath the site.

"That's something we did not anticipate, and that's the nature of construction," Johnson said.

Johnson says officials plan for all new drainage pipes to be installed by summer.

"Hopefully next fall, during the wet season, everyone in this neighborhood will be able to appreciate the work that we've done," he said.

"We needed it," Chairez said. "Hopefully, we don't get as much water as we used to."

All construction work is expected to be completed by early June.

Other construction sites with projects funded by the grant include:

24th & Davis Blvd. 

26th& Arizona by KCS Tracks 

Stormwater detention facility West of Arizona & North of 32nd

Michigan & Kansas Streets from 26th to 30th Storm Water Project

5th and Highview Area Drainage System  Storm Water Project

24th and Patterson  Storm Water Project 

Even Avenue to Country Club - South of 29th Storm Water Project 

Pennsylvania & Virginia and 31st to 28th  Storm Water Project

Stormwater detention facility NE side of Murphy Blvd - South of 15th Street 

Sidewalk-one side 26th from 32nd to Conn. 

Curbs & Sidewalks  15th to 13th/ Florida to Texas 
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