Retention ponds to bring relief from flooding to Hartselle

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HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) - There's a huge area of freshly dug up dirt behind the Hartselle Fine Arts Building. The mayor hopes it will solve some of the city's flooding problems that date back to the 1960's.

Mayor Don Hall says it's a $325,000 project paid for by federal grant money and a $81,000 local match.

By September 30th, the Mayor hopes the city will have two dry retention ponds waiting to collect rainwater which stacks up quickly during a heavy downpour.

Hartselle city workers are doing the work as an in-kind service to make up the $81,000 match so the city doesn't have to write a check.

The retention ponds will be a welcome sight to businesses in downtown Hartselle. The restaurant Cahoots flooded on July 4, 2013 due to heavy rainfall.

"I know they had a lot of damage in there," said Angela Smith, owner of The Rustic Nail. The business is located a couple doors down from Cahoots.

Smith has only been there a month, but she knows the history of flooding in downtown Hartselle.

"When it comes a downpour, there's a lot of water in this back parking lot back here," Smith said. "Anything they can do that will prevent flooding here would be fantastic."