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Brush clearing to help reduce downtown flooding in Peabody

Posted by Terri Ogan  September 10, 2013 10:48 AM

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Workers from the Peabody Department of Public Services recently cleared a gutter-like area behind the Leather City Common on Lowell Street that will help reduce downtown flooding, according to an announcement from the mayor's office.

Department of Public Services (DPS) workers, in partnership with trustees of the Essex County Alternative Center removed thick brush and debris which littered the culvert, and could prevent the free flow of storm water into the North River.

“Taken together with larger scale flood mitigation efforts – such as our new 2.7 million gallon storm water retention facility off of Summit Street – these smaller scale projects can pay big dividends,” said a statement from Mayor Edward Bettencourt. “I am grateful to the hardworking men and women of the DPS and of course I appreciate the additional manpower from the Essex County Alternative Center,”

Bettencourt added that the project came at no additional cost for Peabody taxpayers.

In addition to clearing the canal, workers removed graffiti and applied fresh paint to buildings abutting the Leather City Common.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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