VIDEO: Work underway to replace culvert near Tyler Junior College

A drainage culvert is rebuilt underneath Lake Street in Tyler near TJC Monday July 17, 2017. The street has been closed for about a year but is planned to open by the start of Tyler Junior College's fall semester. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

The city of Tyler will spend more money on an ongoing drainage study in order to make sure it is in compliance with a state permit.

The Tyler City Council voted Wednesday to spend an additional $320,900 on its comprehensive storm drain study, which had an original budget of $500,000.

Lisa Crossman, the city engineer, said the original study mostly looked at the existing stormwater infrastructure.

The additional money will include work to map where water leaves the storm drain system and discharges into places like creeks, Crossman said.

She said a state permit for municipal storm sewer system requires the city to have a map of those discharge places. The map will be in addition to work currently underway.

“They’ve been gathering a lot of data not just on our existing system but also on rainfall data, historical complaints, flooding, just all sorts of data that they’re going to be compiling into recommendations,” Crossman said in an interview.

“They’ve identified hotspots, which are basically areas throughout the city where we’ve had multiple complaints either from citizens, or (where) it’s possible that citizens have had flooding and they’ve gotten insurance claims but it was never reported to the city,” she said.

“So we’ve been able to add that data,” she said. “We’ll be able to take all this data and … we’ll be able to identify areas that have a history of flooding and will have the ability to then turn that into a capital project.”

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Erin came to Tyler from Vermont, where she worked for VTDigger.org and previously the Rutland Herald. She received her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also attended journalism school.

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