Councilman wants answers from Durham about flooding

June 2, 2011 5:08:03 AM PDT
Councilman Eugene Brown wants to know why Nana's restaurant and other Durham businesses continue to flood despite an agreement with the City of Durham to fix the problem.

Nana's owner Scott Howell says he knew it would take something like last week's flooding to get the City to react, but he never expected his business to flood twice in two weeks.

"It's never gotten this bad before," Howell said.

Howell says he had an agreement with the City, which he signed in 2008. The agreement was to replace and relocate a culvert.

Councilman Brown thinks the situation is ridiculous.

"This can no longer be tolerated," Brown said.

He wants action and he wants it now, but despite the agreement, the city's plan was rejected by the state. Since then, nothing has happened.

"They didn't like the city plan," the Councilman added. "As a result, this hasn't even been on the back burner. It's been taken off the stove entirely and this isn't acceptable."

Brown has met with the mayor and is spearheading efforts to jumpstart the project.

Scott does not have flood insurance and is wondering if the city will pay for the damage.

Nana's hopes to reopen within the next few days and cleanup at the restaurant continues. The City and Howell will meet next week.

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