Mary Norwood
Mary Norwood

A city of Atlanta utilities committee meeting that had been set to discuss possible solutions to city stormwater problems, including flooding and sewage overflows at Atlanta Memorial Park, has been delayed.

The discussion now is scheduled for March 9, starting at 1 p.m. at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave., Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood said. The meeting originally was set for March 2.

The discussion comes as city officials are trying to determine how to fix Memorial Park’s stormwater problems. Mayor Kasim Reed recently promised what city officials called “an aggressive approach” to solving the flooding problems that have plagued the park and the Peachtree Creek basin.

The health and safety of Atlanta residents is this administration’s top priority,” Reed said in a statement. “We have been and continue to be focused on fixing the sewage overflows in our creeks and parks. Our approach is holistic, which can be both expensive and time-consuming, and not always clear that progress is being made underground.”

Norwood is calling for a major infrastructure project to control water runoff in the area.

“When sewer-filled stormwater floods in our city’s public parks, that is a public health hazard,” Norwood said. “That is unacceptable.”

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