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GLAD YOU ASKED: Project near Avera Queen of Peace

Q. What’s being done at the construction site just east of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital?

A. Queen of Peace, with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is undertaking a $1.5 million drainage project in an attempt to lessen flooding in and around its emergency room, according to Mitchell Public Works Director Tim McGannon.

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The ER at Queen of Peace has flooded on at least two occasions when Mitchell was hit by heavy rains, McGannon said.

Once the project is complete, rainfall will be diverted into a pond at the current construction site, which is located on land owned by the hospital, McGannon said. From there, the water will drain into a pipe and eventually into Firesteel Creek.

The pond itself will be a dry pond, McGannon said, which means there is meant to be no standing water in it after a storm. It will also be fenced in for safety.

The project is expected to be completed next fall.

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