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Lake County cities make changes to address flooding, stormwater systems

Dec 02, 2013

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Months after a July storm that left much of Lake County with excess water, and in some cases partially treated sewage, in basements, communities on the west side are firming up plans to combat future flooding.
For the City of Eastlake that meant purchasing an additional flood prevention equipment that can be placed where water is known to collect to help slow the flow into storm sewers so they don’t become overwhelmed.
In a memo to the mayor, Service Director Mike Semik said his department had finished equipping the new flood response trailer purchased by the city to better respond in a flooding incident.
The trailer has five 6-inch pumps; three 2-inch pumps; three 5-gallon gas cans; and one emergency lighting stand with both intake and discharge hoses.
“We have addressed four specific areas of the city that get flooded very quickly in heavy rains. This will help pump the water out before it gets into their homes,” Eastlake Mayor Ted Andrzejewski said in an email. “Even delaying a response for an hour in these areas is critical. This new procedure will allow for a very fast response.”
The creek leading to Lake Erie also was inspected, and a few large blockages were removed a few weeks ago, he added. Ideally this action will help the flow of water on Lake Shore Boulevard and the surrounding areas.
Many communities are exploring how to update or create a comprehensive map of their municipality’s storm and sanitary sewers.
Wanting to hear more concrete financing information from the city’s finance director, Willowick City Council tabled voting on approving such a map at its final meeting in November, but the item is back on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.
In a report to council outlining the master sewer system hydraulic modeling scope, Willowick Engineer Tim Lannon said the model can help the city identify restrictions in the system, analyze green infrastructure opportunities, identify under-utilized components and develop solutions to reduce basement flooding. The cost of the mapping is estimated to be about $420,000.
Like Willowick, the City of Willoughby is expediting its sewer mapping plans. In September the council voted to kick the city’s seven-year mapping project into high gear with a goal of completing the mission in 15 months. Willoughby’s Master Drainage Plan is set to cost $350,000 and will be paid for from the city’s Capital Fund.
Already set up with a similar mapping plan, Wickliffe City Council will continue discussions on flooding at its scheduled Committee of the Whole work session set for 8:45 p.m. today.
Wickliffe has previously discussed allowing residents to disconnect downspouts from flowing directly into storm sewers, eliminating the 10 percent allowance on dye tests performed before home sales and continuing to video sewer lines during road projects.

Reporter Elizabeth Lundblad can be reached by Email at: [email protected]

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