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Columbus plans to add $2.5 million in sump pumps to reduce excessive flooding

A sump pump in a basement.
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Columbus City Council will vote on an ordinance to spend $2.5 million to install sump pumps in hundreds of homes to reduce excess stormwater in area sewers.

The plan targets 500 homes in the Hilltop and Clintonville areas of the city that have had major flooding issues in the past. City councilman Rob Dorans said the sump pumps are necessary because of changing weather patterns which are bringing more and more rain every year.

“This is one of the main initiatives from Blueprint Columbus about helping us really mitigate some of our flooding issues that unfortunately in the past have had a direct impact on sewer overflows that end up creating environmental problems, “ Dorans said

Residents can go online to see if qualify and for more information on the free sump pumps.

“You know, the areas that Blueprint Columbus has principally been operating in thus far has been, you know, Linden on the west side and the Hilltop area and include Villa and those are the areas in which you know whether it's rain gardens or this voluntary sub program really tries to combat some of that flooding, “ he said.

The program is expected to be offered to other homeowners in the city facing the same issues outlined in the Blueprint Columbus program.

Williams was a reporter for WOSU. Natasha is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and has more than 20 years of television news and radio experience.