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Progress continues, as a one million dollar project, decades in the making is re-shaping the city of Sullivan.

Sullivan has answered the call for change. As work continues to install desperately needed drain systems off Section Street. It’s a million dollar project that is 10 percent city money, but mostly funded by a grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs that the city applied for during the 2008 flooding.

“It’s a main thoroughfare, it’s effected several businesses they flood out. I know the folks over at Rusk’s Auto Repair they have had issues before where it has come up into their building,” says Mayor of Sullivan Clint Lamb.

Rusk’s Auto Services is just feet from the active construction zone. They have been at this location since 1963, and Todd Rusk is the third generation to run the business. Rusk says they’ve had enough of the flood water.

“I’m glad they are finally doing something about it of course it’s an inconvenience for a lot of people at the moment but when it gets all said and done it’ll be nice that we won’t have to worry every time it rains if you can drive down the road, and get water in the car,” says Service Manager, Todd Rusk of Rusk’s Auto Services Inc.

Mayor Lamb says it’s taken 40 years to fix the flooding concerns. And by avoiding having to use man-power to clear the street, and the aging sewer system being overtaxed during rising waters, things will only improve.

“While it might just seem like a simple drain fix it’s part of the bigger picture it’s really truly creating a quality of life. A place where people want to live work, retire, play and quite frankly raise our kids,” says Lamb.  

For Rusk, he says just have patience, the sooner they get done, the sooner it’s back to business as usual. “We just have to put up with it for a little bit, and get the reward at the end,” concludes Rusk.  

The drain construction on Section Street is expected to wrap up sometime next week.

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