State budget includes funds to fix North Providence flooding problem
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Arthur J. Corvese and Rep. William W. O’Brien are pleased to announce that the budget bill approved by the House of Representatives today includes $200,000 to help address drainage problems in the area of Eliot Avenue in North Providence.
The two North Providence legislators, with the support of the North Providence Town Council, advocated on behalf of their community for the funding, which the House added to the budget proposal after it was submitted by the governor. The budget bill (2015-H 5900Aaa) passed the House unanimously today.
The funding comes in the form of a community service grant through the Department of Environmental Management.
“There has been a significant drainage problem in the area of Eliot Avenue for many years, and it has been cause for serious concern for drivers and property owners alike. We are very pleased that the House and its leaders supported this project, and we look forward to the improvements for this neighborhood,” said Representative Corvese (D-Dist. 55, North Providence), whose district includes Eliot Street.
Said Representative O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence), “Without assistance from the state, it would be a burden on the town to try to address the problems with flooding around Eliot Avenue. We are grateful to our colleagues for recognizing the severity of this problem and including this very welcome funding.”
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903