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Some Clintonville residents blame new rain gardens for flooding issues

COLUMBUS (WCMH) - Flooding earlier this month has residents in Clintonville worried every time it rains.  

Some say the new rain gardens are to blame. Natalie Kelli saw from her porch flood water up to three feet high earlier this month. 

"We saw kayaks out in the middle of the street as well as cars," said Kelli. 

The recent round of rain has flooded her backyard.  

"I actually went out and bought drainage rocks to stop spots that were leveled," said Kelli.

Its something she can deal with but when it comes to pools of water in the street her neighbors think it's the rain gardens causing the problems.  Holladay Bornstad is fed up.

"Rain gardens on this street and the next two or three streets over there may have messed up the lines," said Bornstad. 

She and her neighbors said the flooding has gotten worse since getting them installed.

City officials installed the rain gardens to avoid installing a whole new stormwater system which would cost taxpayers more than 2 billion dollars.

NBC4 's Rob Sneed reached out to the city to find out if these rain gardens are indeed causing problems. So far he hasn't heard back from them.


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