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City drafts plan to help with sewer backups

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Many Quincy residents are dealing with flooded basements, after the recent heavy rainfall.

Residents voiced there concerns to the city looking for answers to the sewer blockage problem.

Officials developed a match program at the Quincy Utilities Committee meeting Thursday afternoon.

The city said if you make the improvements, the city would help you pay off that necessary work.

City engineer Jeffrey Conte said residents with flood damage will have a few options that vary in cost and risk, including gate valves and overhead sewers.

"It's a good first step to get people who have had experiences with sewer backups," Conte said.

"Obviously, it's a very traumatic event and we want to do what we can to help those out and make sure it doesn't happen or reduce the chance that it happens in the future."

Conte said depending on which method the homeowner chooses, the city will either match, contribute to the cost, or pay it in full.

Those funds would come out of the city's sewer enterprise funds.

He said he hopes to write up a plan and present it to city council by September.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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