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Durham, DOT mull fixing drain that flooded businesses

Posted May 18, 2011

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— The state Department of Transportation said Wednesday that it is waiting on the city of Durham to submit new plans to fix a storm drain that flooded from heavy rains this weekend.

Scott Howell, who owns Nana's Restaurant and an adjacent office building on University Drive, said he signed a contract with the city in 2008 to have a culvert in front of his property fixed and the storm drain rerouted.

He said that, although he had already made an initial payment of $1,837, the work has not yet been started.

A city spokeswoman said Sunday that a pending permit from the DOT was the reason for the delay, but DOT officials said Wednesday that it had some concerns with the initial plans submitted by the city two years ago.

The DOT said it is waiting on the city to draw up new plans.

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  • gingerlynn May 19, 2011

    The poor guys business flooded hours before the busiest day for restaurants in Durham - Duke Graduation. Nana's is a nice restaurant close to the university and I am sure he had plenty of reservations. I hope it turned out ok for him. Poor planning by the city is not his fault!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 18, 2011

    beachlvr0804 - "...not only should the problem be fixed, but the city should have to pay for damages done to these businesses because of their failure to follow through on what they said they would do."

    Agreed!

    Negligence!!!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 18, 2011

    What choice do they have? It's their responsibility.

    sheesh

  • beachlvr0804 May 18, 2011

    The city has promised to fix this problem for years. They didn't. So, not only should the problem be fixed, but the city should have to pay for damages done to these businesses because of their failure to follow through on what they said they would do.

  • rufiedufie May 18, 2011

    time to call 5 on your side and get them involved