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City has new plan to clean dirty ditches

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Updated: 10/04/2013 11:16 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The city has a new plan to clean up ditches that contribute to flooding.

It's not hard to find ditches like with trash or overgrown weeds all over the city. Now the city is taking notice. Clogged ditches are some of the biggest complaints they get.

But with less money, Public Works Director Jim Robinson admits there have been fewer resources to clean them out.

"That kind of work is labor intensive," said Robinson.

The result is flooded roads during storms. That's why Robinson says the city has a new plan.

Starting Monday morning, 25 people will be dedicated to cleaning out ditches all over the city every day.

"If we can get major ones cleaned out in advance of a storm, we're better off," said Robinson.

Robinson says even Friday, ahead of Tropical Storm Karen, crews were out. But unclogging the ditches won't always stop roads from flooding, especially during a hurricane.

"Avoiding or preventing them is not a possibility. With that much rain from mother nature, it's more than our drainage systems are designed to handle," said Robinson.

This is coming from money already in the budget. There is not an extra cost.
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angels072258 - 10/5/2013 11:54 AM
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There really needs to be a better law about littering instead of trash clogging our sewers.

davisgloria738 - 10/5/2013 11:24 AM
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uptil I looked at the paycheck for $5144, I be certain that my father in law had been truley bringing in money part time online.. there neighbour has been doing this less than 12 months and a short time ago cleared the morgage on their home and purchased a great new Fiat Panda. go to these guys ....... W­W­W.D­a­y­3­5.Co­M

Truthseeker - 10/5/2013 6:12 AM
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This is a perfect job for a "road gang" from the county's jail. Let the prisoners help pay for their incarceration. And please - no liberal whining about cruel and unusual punishment.
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