MILLSBORO, Del - Delaware state Rep. Ruth Briggs King on Wednesday invited the public to attend an annual update about projects that will reduce flooding in the Oak Orchard area.

The meeting was held at the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company. In 2015, DNREC identified five sections that required improvements to combat flooding. At the meeting, a DNREC representative presented a project for each of the five areas. Some are in process and others will be in the construction stage sometime in the 2020 fiscal year. 

Joyce Bartoli, who lives on Charles Street, said homeowners repaired a coastal bulkhead this summer that stopped the flooding to reach her street.

"Before they did the improvements, we got flooded every little rainstorm, completely around our house. Sometimes my husband and I couldn't even go to work,” said Bartoli.

Briggs King said she hopes residents left the meeting with more understanding about the process of each project.

"[I hope people have] a better understanding of where we are on the projects, the work that's going to be done and the investments that are being made with their taxpayer money in this area to help alleviate part of the problem," said Briggs King. 

Briggs King said $700,000 in state funding has been allocated for Oak Orchard drainage improvements since 2010. 

For more information about the drainage projects in the Oak Orchard areas, visit DNREC's website.