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A frustrating flood: Drainage-maligned Mitchell area was hit hard once more

Areas south of Havens Avenue, at left, were hit particularly hard with floodwaters, when more than 7 inches of rain fell in Mitchell in a 48-hour span on Sept. 11-12. (Matt Gade / Republic)

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Areas south of Havens Avenue, at left, were hit particularly hard with floodwaters, when more than 7 inches of rain fell in Mitchell in a 48-hour span on Sept. 11-12. (Matt Gade / Republic) Wayne Vickers has been hard at work since the middle of September, installing drywall and bringing conditions back up to speed at Prestige Salon and Spa.

Vickers, like many in Mitchell, has been working since the Sept. 11-12 rainstorm that flooded out his wife’s business. And Vickers asked himself one burning question since then: what caused the flooding in his neighborhood to be as bad as ever?

“We’ve never had water inside on the main floor in my 35 years of owning this place, and I know we had a lot of rain in a five-hour period that night, but it’s odd it drained so slow,” Vickers said in an interview with The Daily Republic. “There could have been a storm drain that was out of service during that time with the construction going on.”

Since the two-day September rainstorm that drenched Mitchell with 7 to 9 inches of rainfall, The Daily Republic examined potential causes as to why the East Hackberry and Kimball Street area — which is known for being a location with standing water and drainage issues — suffered some of the worst flooding in Mitchell’s history.

In that process, several items have come into focus: many promised improvements included in the nearby Tax Increment Finance District have not taken place, leading the city of Mitchell […]

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