HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) - Residents living in the Countryview subdivision in Henderson are finally going to be getting some much-needed storm drainage.
The subdivision has been around since the 50s and residents have had to rely on ditches to keep water off the roads and out of the yards.
Henderson Water Utility and the city have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars, from utility fees and property taxes, to finally get the project off the ground after 30 years.
HWU General Manage, Tom Williams, said when the subdivision was built “there wasn’t any provision made for storm water drainage. So it’s been a source of complaints for years. When it rains water stands on the side of the road, pools, and it sits there till it dries up.”
Henderson Water Utility looked into fixing the issue back in the 1980s but Williams said the project was just too big to get off the ground. Starting at the end of the month, construction will begin to install storm sewers and piping throughout the entire subdivision section by section.
“We’re at a point where we’re actually going to see earth moved and pipes put in the ground," Williams said.
Residents said they are relieved.
“It’ll be wonderful to get something done. It’ll make a big difference,” Dora Betz, a 30 year Countryview resident said.
Charlie Winkler, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1973 said flooding has always been an issue.
“My backyard gets halfway full of water if it rains three inches,” Winkler said.
He said he will be glad when the project is complete.
Williams said the project will not only combat safety hazards with standing water, such as icy roads and mosquitoes, but will also increase quality of life for residents.