The answer is yes.
If the city’s roughly $30 million long-range flood mitigation plan been in place, downtown Johnson City would have been spared the nightmarish Aug. 5 flooding — that’s any flooding, according to Phil Pindzola, Public Works Department director, who repeated that prediction when quizzed about his confidence.
Pindzola talked this week about the recent deluge and the city’s present and future plans to deal with the chaotic surges of water that blast through city streets when torrential rains hit hard and fast.
His remarks were about as stoic and straightforward as they get.
Read what Pindzola had to say about what city officials learned from the flood as it relates to the mitigation efforts in Press Staff Writer Gary B. Gray's article in the Sunday, Aug. 12, edition of Johnson City Press. You'll find it on page 1A.