By Joe Earle

Sandy Springs city officials received more than 600 complaints about drainage issues as a result of the September floods and discovered about 400 separate drainage problems that need repair, the director of the city’s public works department said.

“We’ve got some drainage issues in this city, a lot of things not dealt with by those who came before,” public works director Tom Black told members of Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce.”This storm found most of them for us.”

City officials sought $600,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair the drainage issues, Black said. The city may need another $1 million to complete the repairs, he said after the meeting.

Black estimated the city would need to spend $1.5 million a year on system maintenance.  “That could go up,” he said.