New Hire in Huntington to Help with Nuisance Flooding Problem

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A new hire for the city of Huntington will mean a focused approach on storm water issues.

Sherry Wilkins has been named the storm water director.

Her job will be to make sure that the city is in compliance with state and federal programs related to storm water.

The city of Huntington is several years behind in compliance with one program. If the standards are not met, the city could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

According to Wilkins, when certain standards are met it will help address other issues that neighbors face, including nuisance flooding.

"It is a big challenge, and these are issues that have taken decades to create, so it is not going to change overnight," Wilkins said, "but, we do have to address them."

Mayor Steve Williams is set to present council with a fee schedule to deal with the flooding problems, saying the fix for specific problems spots throughout the city is going to cost millions of dollars.

He explained there is no money in the budget for a fix to the deteriorating systems.

He admits difficult decisions will have to be made this fall.

"You are really going to have a choice. If you don't want to pay for it, then it means you are going to have to continue to fend with flooding," Williams said.

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