Help could be just around the corner for Oak Island residents concerned about drainage on Dolphin Drive and in other areas of town.
After reviewing his department’s response to Hurricane Irene, public works director John Michaux said that streets most prone to flooding could see improvements from French drains or slightly elevated roadways.
Low relief in several stretches of road along the beachfront contribute to flooding, along with a high groundwater table and limited drainage, Michaux said. Problem areas include Beach Drive, Ocean Drive and Dolphin Drive.
“Nobody knows the drainage or runoff situation better than the residents in that neighborhood,” Michaux said, adding that residents often call about drainage issues and water that can at times stand on the road for days before evaporating or slowly draining away.