Despite a relatively dry Summer, when it rains it pours.
The city of Grand Island began construction Wednesday to help with flooding along Highway 30 during those storms.
Flooding is a real problem on US Highway 30, so construction began at the former location of Wasmer Elementary School to build a new rainwater detention cell.
"We're going to be building storm sewer pipe from connection at Highway 30 or 2nd Street at Logan St, Broadwell Ave, and Madison St and we'll run the pipe down to connect to the Northeast corner of the Wasmer detention cell," said Scott Griepenstroh, a Project Manager with the Public Works Department of Grand Island.
Monroe and Division Streets were already closed surrounding the open square to begin the construction.
Residents who live near the site were excited the project, that was planned back in 2005, was finally under way.
"The whole street is going to be torn up, so we were anxious to get this project over with because we know that it needed to be done," said LaVonne Holst, who lives across the street from the soon-to-be detention cell.
Holst said some of her neighbors will be without driveways during this project.
The Public Works Department will continue the work until the snow starts and will begin again in the spring.
When the cell is completed in May of 2014, it will be more than just a detention cell.
Griepenstroh said, "The Parks Department will come in and install the irrigation so that the grass can be maintained more and the detention cell can be used more as a park use and have a better appearance for the neighborhood."
And the Winter activities will continue for local children.
"In the winter time the children have an absolute ball over there sledding and there will be a few benches on the northeast side of the detention cell so the parents can sit and watch their children," said Holst.
For updates on street and driveway closures, click the link at the bottom for the Public Works Department webpage.