Neighbors And City Communication Eroding

The city pulls the plug on its answer to drainage problems in an Omaha neighborhood. That has some homeowners asking why and what’s next.

The city's solution to runoff problems has tensions rising in Old Loveland neighborhood. City street engineer and neighbors met on Beverly Drive. City Street Engineer Scott McIntyre says, "Those of you who live out here understand the problem. A neighbor responds, "We live here every day Mr. McIntrye."

Gus Dworak is upset public works removed an asphalt curb the city put in years ago. He tells Fact Finders, " It kept debris and tons of water from spilling into my property."

Drainage concerns prompted curb installation over the years to funnel water down the street. But responding to a complaint from another neighbor the city removed the curbs.

The street engineer says, "If you got a curb between the street and the ditch, water isn't going to get in the ditch.

Councilman Franklin Thompson lives nearby and asks McIntyre.
"Can we have a whole street solution? Is that in our plans? The City Street Engineer answers, "It’s a good plan but where does the money come from?"

Councilman Thompson says he'll set up formal meetings with neighbors and city engineers to forge a solution to drainage problems in the Old Loveland neighborhood. He hopes to start by September.

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