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Main Street drainage improvement project prevents flooding in Danbury

A drainage improvement project on Main Street in Danbury appears to have solved a long standing flooding issue.  The state Department of Transportation has completed the pipe installation in the area of Elmwood Park, which has flooded routinely for decades during rain storms.  The state just finished paving the private property owner's driveway in the area of the work.  After the 5 inches of rain in one storm last week, there was no flooding on Main Street for the first time in a long time.  City Councilman Duane Perkins though questioned if that was due to the drought situation.  Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola says it wasn't the drought that prevented flooding, it was the new infrastructure that takes surface water off the pavement.  When it rains, the water runs right down into the drainage now.  There had been a collapsed culvert blocking the flow of water.