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Peabody trying to mitigate history of downtown flooding

PEABODY — In heavy rain, Peabody Square can look more like a lake than the heart of the downtown business district.

At high tide, storm runoff backs up in underground streams because it can’t flow into the North River, a tidal basin that empties into Salem Sound. The square and surrounding streets often have filled with several feet of water, forcing businesses to close.

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