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It seems there is little that city leaders can do in the short term to deal with the way the torrential downpours that are hitting our area are invading storm sewer systems and flooding homes and streets in the area.
Sections of Elm Grove found themselves under feet of water on Wednesday after several inches of rain fell in about 75 minutes. Park View Lane at the intersection of National Road was a small lake; Cadillac Lane in Elm Grove has been closed; and portions of Burkham Court were underwater.
Thursday’s question, with the cleanup underway, focused on what went wrong. Here is the response from Wheeling Public Works Director Russell Jebbia: “Storm drains are not designed for this amount of water. Typically, they design a storm drain for a 25-year rain event – and those rains we’ve had here over the past two years are way greater than a 25-year rain event.
This is a troubling reality, because as we are seeing not only locally but across the country, weather events are becoming more and more extreme.
What can be done? On the one hand, as infrastructure improves across the region, perhaps a storm sewer system to handle the precipitation we see more frequently would be a wise investment. Additionally, residents should ensure that they do not throw grass clippings or other debris into the area’s streams, which could cause them to recede further. A plan to start dredging streams again may also be a good idea, as the stream beds have built up with silt and other debris from the last time around. It also causes additional flooding in our neighborhoods.