There may be light at the end of the tunnel for residents living under the specter of sewer flooding in Portsmouth.

On the heels of an announcement by Portsmouth Wastewater Director Rick Duncan that he is expecting up to $10 million in grants and loans for several projects in the city, several federal lawmakers are asking the federal government to fund a program to deal with the same issue.

Sens. George V. Voinovich (R-OH) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) have introduced legislation to authorize $1.8 billion in federal grants to help modernize antiquated sewer systems.

Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was also a co-sponsor on the bill.

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