Odds are if there is a heavy amount of rain in a short period of time, the intersection of 35th Street and Hillen Road in northeast Baltimore will flood.
Now, thanks to a city-state partnership, relief is on the way in the form of a $5 million grant.
The state of Maryland is pledging the $5 million grant, which can be leveraged to get even more funds to address and fix the flooding issues in the area once and for all.
Heavy rain in a short period of time has caused major flooding in the area of 35th Street and Hillen Road since the 1950s and it has only gotten worse.
“We’re getting too old for this. Somebody should’ve did something about this a long time ago – really, they should have,” concerned resident Pamela Luallen-Williams said.
Luallen-Williams and her husband Warren Williams have been dealing with the flooding since the 1970s and have heard every excuse from local leaders over the years.
“This is what we’ve been told, ‘It was mother nature.’ Well, if it was mother nature or it was God’s will, he must be really angry at 35th Street,” Luallen-Williams said.
As the years and the floods came and went, so did the frustration.
“We’re paying our own homeowners insurance and we’re getting flooded out and things are just falling apart. It’s just time. It almost makes me want to cry, really it really does. I get emotional,” Williams said.
There is now a lifeline. The entire 43rd district came together and Del. Maggie McIntosh, with help from Councilwoman Odette Ramos and countless others, secured $5 million in state funds, which can then be used to get more money to finally fix the flooding problem.
“This is what we need, money for to invest in our city and we need to invest in this neighborhood, and we need to make sure residents in this neighborhood are safe,” McIntosh said.
According to the Department of Public Works officials, the money will be used to first survey the area and see what’s needed, which could include anything from revising the stormwater network to improving landscaping, to widening inlets.
The bottom line, officials said, the work will be done.
“We’re working on this diligently to do the right research to do the right thing for residents this isn’t going to happen tomorrow, but we are working on it,” Ramos said.
There is no timeline in place, however, DPW officials said while this is a complex project, the planning phase should start almost immediately
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