Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

September 25, 2012

More than 2,000 petition state to help with Princeton flooding woes

PRINCETON —  More than 2,000 of Princeton’s residents are asking West Virginia’s government to consider a grant that could keep Stafford Drive open every time heavy rain arrives over the city.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is scheduled to stop Wednesday at the Princeton Municipal Building and accept a petition asking the state to approve a Small Cities Block Grant that would pay for improve drainage along Stafford Drive. High water has blocked sections of Stafford Drive such as the Bee Street and Trent Street intersections almost every time rain is in the weather forecast.

The city started circulating petitions last spring, said Mayor Patricia Wilson.

“We’ve had them out since May, and we have collected over 2,000 signatures,” Wilson said Tuesday. “Vice Mayor Marshall Lytton has really, really worked hard getting the majority of the petitions.”

For more on the effort to alleviate Stafford Drive’s flooding problems, read Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph or visit


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