Too much rainfall will soon be much less of a problem for the City of Lubbock. Construction on another phase of the Lubbock Drainage Project started Tuesday, February 8th at the intersection of 98th and Slide.
The project stretches 19 miles, gradually making its way east before ending up in Yellowhouse Canyon, where construction has already started.
The entire project will take 48 months, and it's total cost is $42.5 million.
Part of the drainage system is already in place. Before the system, lakes such as Lake Playa filled up and the water had nowhere to go, often causing many neighborhoods to flood. Once the drainage system is completely in place, the city will be able to handle the rain.
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Crews will be at 98th and Slide for at least 30 days. Many of the ditches crews have to dig are up to 40 feet deep, city officials say to be mindful of those ditches. After that, crews won't be in busy areas, they'll work in farmland for six months.