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Council eyes possible solution for flood issue

On Monday night, the Glencoe City Council eyed a possible solution to the flooding coming from the north that has overwhelmed parts of the community the past two years and caused extensive damage.
The solution is one proposed earlier with the Morningside Avenue extension project several years ago —run a 36-inch sewer pipe underground from the school wetlands on the east side of the high school east into the east ditch system.
The option was by far the cheapest at $680,000 of options discussed, but there is a maze of legal issues and government entities and agencies to deal with before anything can happen.
Despite all that, Mayor Randy Wilson is pushing hard to get something done next year.
John Rodeberg, city consulting engineer from Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), said the floods in 2013 were considered a 100-year event, but the June 2014 rains (11 inches in 10 hours) were considered a 1,000-year event. “It was a catastrophic event,” Rodeberg said.
He said he met with city, county and Buffalo Creek Watershed District officials on Oct. 3 to discuss possible solutions for the 1,200 acres of farmland in the central watershed that must drain through the city in order to get to Buffalo Creek. Most were deemed too expensive or not feasible.
The options include increasing the capacity of the sewer pipes within the city, which are 48-inch lines now. He said that would take millions of dollars to upgrade and could take years.

For more, see the Oct. 22 print edition of The Chronicle.