- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Taxpayer money intended for a light-rail project in Virginia Beach may be used instead for storm drains.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (https://bit.ly/2gQeFxt) that city officials are considering new uses for the money after a light rail referendum failed in November.

Hundreds of homes were flooded in Virginia Beach after Hurricane Matthew in October. And many residents complained that the city should be investing in better stormwater systems. Their rallying cry became “Drains, not trains.”

City officials say they have nearly $500 million in unfunded stormwater improvement projects. One idea is to use $7 million of the $27 million light rail fund to jump-start some of the work.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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