After four feet of rushing water destroys basement, Helfrich pleads with council to fix drainage problem


October 13, 2021

This is one view of the Helfrich's basement after swirling water from a drainage issue by their home rushed in four feet deep.

"It's been a problem for years," longtime Kiowa resident and businesswoman Deborah Helfrich told the Kiowa City Council at their October Monday night. "I've talked to so many city administrators about this drainage problem – Nathan Law, Lou Leone, Rusty Varnado and now Sam Demel."

Helfrich was referring to the home of she and her husband Carl at 502 S. 9th where they've resided since 1997. The Helfrich property is but one on the east side of town affected by this drainage issue.

She sent a lengthy letter to council members in August of 2020 explaining the problem. She presented a copy of...

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