Drainage and Flooding Committee
2013 was a year where the City made significant changes to how they are approaching the drainage and flooding issues which have plagued the city for years. These changes are first, the magnitude of expenditure and second, the engineering approach to resolving the problems.
The City has recognized that the drainage and flooding situation is serious and that increased funding is required to make significant improvements to this portion of the the infrastructure. On October 17, 2013, the City presented to City Council and the Public, their 5-year capital plan. This plan includes approximately $5 Million per year expenditures for roads and drainage, a significant annual increase over previous endeavors.
The City also recognized that the “traditional” approach to eliminate flooding was not working and that a new approach was needed. The City hired Baker Engineering to review and design drainage systems in Merion Park, an area where flooding is serious. The City also worked with a group of concerned residents during both the conceptual and design phases of Baker’s work. The end result is a project which will make huge improvements at drainage and flooding in that neighborhood.
Residents can review the Capital Plan on the city web site. In addition, feel free to contact OCCA’s Drainage Committee if you have any questions.