Major changes are on the way in Waynesboro after residents there voted to pass the stormwater maintenance projects on the referendum ballot in Tuesday's election.
Bud Hammond's backyard floods every time there's a heavy rainfall. The city is hoping $6 million, just approved by voters, will bring relief to Hammond's home on Chatham Road and along with other streets like Tiffany Drive and Kirby Avenue.
Bert Smith, Public Works, says, "Some of the projects will require a curbed gutter to help channel the water. Some of the projects will include bigger pipes, larger infrastructure to carry the water and, of course, a couple of them will be bridges that will be replaces."
There are eight projects that will be completed first. Smith says it will take five years to do these. Residents like Hammond are already anxiously awaiting the future.
He says, "We're really looking forward to the future. With the stormwater problem basically solved, we can have additional growth in this part of the city.”
After the initial eight projects, Smith says there are plenty of other areas in the city that will need help. He says there will always be flooding issues in Waynesboro.
"You need to contain the stormwater better than it's being contained now. I mean there’s always going to be problems. There’s always going to be maintenance. We're always gonna have to go out and clean these structures.”