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No more flooding says Richmond City

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It was a storm to remember. The streets of Shockoe Bottom were flooded so badly, cars floated down the street.

It was 7 years ago, on August 30th, when tropical depression Gaston stopped over Richmond and stayed for a while.

Charles Lichter remembers seeking shelter on the second floor of Bottoms Up Pizza and looking out the window.

"I saw a BMW floating by with a BFI trash Dumpster floating right behind it and I remember thinking in a flood all things are equal," said Lichter.

Once Gaston left and the water subsided businesses like Bottoms Up had to shut down - major parts of Richmond had years of repairs ahead of them.

"I can't describe the devastation that it endured afterwards," said Lichter.

The city got to work, spending millions of dollars making corrections.

"The city did perform infrastructure improvements in Battery Park as well as the Shockoe Bottom area to elevate any type of flooding that we experienced several years ago," said city Spokesperson, Michael Wallace.

Lichter says he's seen some of the changes.

"The drains are larger down here, they've made modifications to the pump systems and what can actually be done in case of an emergency I think we are prepared for then we were before," he said.

So, we asked the city as they prep for Irene, what the chances are of seeing this again we got our answer.

"Those chances have very well been diminished, I don't think that will be an issue," he said.

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