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Proctor Creek has been a problem for residents of 35 northwest Atlanta neighborhoods for a long time. It’s polluted. It floods.

That’s changing, though. 

Billions of dollars' worth of upgrades to the city's sewer system and plans for a series of parks address the long-running issues with the creek. 

Al Such / WABE

There's a drill digging a tunnel deep under Atlanta. It cuts through granite six nights a week, all night long, 300 to 400 feet below the ground.

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Eventually, it will connect Bellwood Quarry – recognizable, perhaps, from scenes in the Hunger Games, Walking Dead and Stranger Things – to the Chattahoochee River.

Now, the bottom of the quarry, where the tunnel starts, is a construction site.

Steve Johnson / (cropped)

Many residents in the metro Atlanta area are being advised to boil their water Sunday before using it to cook, drink or brush their teeth.

A power outage shut down two pumping stations and triggered a temporary loss of pressure in the drinking water system after Saturday night’s storms, according to the city of Atlanta's Department of Watershed Management.

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The city of Atlanta is moving forward with plans to build a pond and improve Mims Park in Vine City.

It's an early step in a $50 million plan meant to revitalize an area that's been plagued by crime and blight, but some residents worry the improvements could mean getting priced out, down the line.

On Thursday, the city’s watershed department updated residents on design plans for a pond in Mims Park. They asked residents to pin suggestions to a clothesline they'd set up.

Courtesy of Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy

The Atlanta City Council was scheduled Friday to hear plans to address the sewage bubbling up in Atlanta Memorial Park in Buckhead. But discussion of the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management's short term and long term solutions was pushed back to a work session next week. 

“So does that mean we won’t hear any report today? Just nothing?” said Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens, who, like some Buckhead residents, was expecting to hear the issue addressed.