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Atlanta watershed officials say flooding in Peoplestown is thing of the past

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Three years after flooding in the Peoplestown neighborhood of southeast Atlanta got so bad that Mayor Kasim Reed went to personally investigate the matter, the city says they have nearly executed a long-term plan that will alleviate such threats in the future.

"Three years is actually an amazingly aggressive plan for an area that has this amount of ponding and flooding effects," said Lillian Govus, spokeswoman for the Atlanta Watershed Management Authority.

Govus said the plan consists of newly-paved streets with bricks instead of asphalt, allowing water to drain more easily.

There is also a rainwater runoff tank underground near Turner Field to prevent flooding, and a retention pond planned for one of the low-lying areas of the neighborhood.In all, the project cost the city around $15 million.

"The community members we've heard from are very pleased (with the results of the project)," said Govus.

She said the final touches on the project should be complete by the end of the year.

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