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No flooding relief for Georgetown residents

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) -

It's been almost one year since the drainage project in Georgetown got underway. But nothing has really changed since construction started.

After heavy rains on Tuesday, city officials had to close down parts of US 17 and Highway 521 due to flooding. The roads were closed for about two hours.

"It's such a headache having to drive around in this maze," said Patricia Robinson, a Georgetown resident.

The fourteen million dollar project is expected to be completed in May 2012.  Department of Transportation officials say residents will not be able to see a difference in drainage until it's completely finished.

"We've made plenty of progress in the project itself. We're on track and on schedule to finish in May. Unfortunately, flooding will still be a problem until then just as it always has," said Anna Leavy, a representative with the Department of Transportation.

Most of the construction is on Front and Fraiser streets. Business owners said they were suffering badly from construction blocking their roads and parking lots. 

"Our revenues have been down 80 percent in the past two months. We're barely able to keep our doors open," said Emma Marie, owner of a local antique store.

City officials say there is nothing they can do about the blocking of roadways since it is a Department of Transportation project. All complaints must go through DOT.

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