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Atlanta Flooding Fight

**HOLD FOR RELEASE WITH COPY BY KATIE FOODY** Todd Hill, director of environmental restoration for the City of Atlanta Watershed Management, talks to a reporter in front of a sewer junction box (concrete structure behind him) on an empty lot where a house used to sit on Atlanta Ave. on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The lot is in Peoplestown, a neighborhood in Atlanta. Officials with the City of Atlanta are attempting to purchase every lot within a couple blocks of Peoplestown, claiming that severe storms could flood every home here. They plan to turn the area into a retention pond and park. Though some residents have sold their property, many are not on board with the city's plan and are fighting the process. (AP Photo/Kevin D. Liles)

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**HOLD FOR RELEASE WITH COPY BY KATIE FOODY** Todd Hill, director of environmental restoration for the City of Atlanta Watershed Management, talks to a reporter in front of a sewer junction box (concrete structure behind him) on an empty lot where a house used to sit on Atlanta Ave. on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The lot is in Peoplestown, a neighborhood in Atlanta. Officials with the City of Atlanta are attempting to purchase every lot within a couple blocks of Peoplestown, claiming that severe storms could flood every home here. They plan to turn the area into a retention pond and park. Though some residents have sold their property, many are not on board with the city's plan and are fighting the process. (AP Photo/Kevin D. Liles)