Green techniques used to control flooding

ABC-13

TOLEDO, OH (WTVG) -- When work began in front of the home Valerie Swann's lived in for more than eighty years, she was not exactly thrilled.

But Valerie did know something needed to be done about the flooding.

Now there's a solution. Tim Murphy of the city of Toledo says, "It's not very high tech. We're stepping back and trying to be more cost effective."

Using federal stimulus money, the city put in rain gardens, planted special plants, gave residents rain barrels and put in porous sidewalks designed to quickly get water into the ground rather than into the overloaded sewers to avoid major flooding.

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