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After nearly a year and more money than expected a flood control project is finally over. But not without costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars more than it should have.

Neighbors are relieved but still frustrated with what they’ve had to deal with and the I-Team has been tracking your tax dollars since it began.

This is a project that started in the spring of 2017. The city of Spring Hill admitted they messed up and had to go back in and fix their mistakes. And while it's fixed now it's all been at the expense of the taxpayers.

For the first time in nearly a year, Robyn Hinkle feels safe letting her 2 grandkids and her dog play outside.

“We are enjoying the nice, flat land. My grandkids don't fall into holes anymore, my husband can mow it and Doodle doesn't fall in it, so we're happy,” said Hinkle.

You can drive through Buckner Place and see one flat yard after another. Keep in mind this is what it looked like before the city of Spring Hill started digging up people’s yards. And it wasn't long before people living there were dealing with ditches...some as deep as 5 feet. And when it rained...the ditches turned into swimming pools.

“The driveways were a mess, the road was a mess and there was mud everywhere,” said Hinkle.

You may remember Rebecca Hellemans front yard. For months she had one of the deepest ditches in the neighborhood. That ditch is now gone along with most of the others but taxpayers are the ones paying for the city’s mistake.

“I think it was money well spent.  The only thing I think is they should've done it right in the first place and it would've saved several hundred thousand dollars,” said Hinkle.

The project, meant to fix flooding issues caused by the 2010 floods was supposed to cost roughly half a million dollars. But the city admitted ditches were too deep and streets became unsafe for drivers.

And it wasn't until the Channel 4 I-Team got involved changes were made. Changes that cost taxpayers an additional $300,000 dollars...money residents say could've been spent on other projects.

“Was it a waste of money? Not totally. Were there some dollars that could've been spent otherwise or would not have been spent otherwise…yes,” said Spring Hill City Administrator Victor Lay.

“What do you say to people who say it should've been done right the first time? It was a different system. And if we had known then what we know now we would've done it this way the first time,” said Lay.

“If it had not been for Channel 4 we probably would not have this right now. We’d still have the deep ditches,” said Hinkle.

Worked with Spring Hill went back in and put pipes underground to help manage heavy rains.

City officials say this was the first project of its kind and they definitely learned some lessons from it.

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