I recently had to drive to Independence on several days during the recent rains. I drove through parts of Northeast on 24 Hwy and through the Sugar Creek and Fairmount areas. Several roads were closed in Fairmount and Sugar Creek areas due to flooded roadways and even when I took an alternate route, I was again re-routed to dry roads. This is not the case in other parts of the Kansas City Metro area where infrastructure has been a priority. The standing water is problematic not only for drivers trying to get to work, appointments, but also for emergency vehicles. Finally, the standing water likely poses a public health problem. Your paper is encouraged to shine a light on this issue and encourage leadership in neighboring Sugar Creek, Fairmount, and Independence to come together and get this resolved.