Pipes to curb water woes

March 26, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

by Joe Crocetta / staff photographer

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Pineview flooding

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The residents of Pineview Mobile Home Park who run the risk of flooding whenever it rains may find relief sooner than expected.

William "Bud" Donaldson, Berkeley County superintendent for the West Virginia Division of Highways, said the state will install 150 feet of 18-inch pipe along U.S. 11 to prevent pooling water.

He expects the project, which will be funded with state money, to begin in two to three weeks.

"I don't know if it will alleviate it completely, but it sure will help," Donaldson said Thursday.

The piping, which will be installed about 250 feet north of the trailer park, should force the water to flow instead of collecting in the park and at Dr. Michael Kisner's office next door. The pipes will lead to underground drainage pipes.


The state also will grade the east shoulder of U.S. 11 so water will run freely, Donaldson said.

"The biggest problem is it's all in a low-lying area and there's not too many places to run water," Donaldson said.

While the state tries to correct problems on the north end of the park, Bruce Gipe, owner of Gipe's Towing, is working to fix water drainage problems on the south side.

Some residents say his police impounding lot - which used to be a field that acted as a retention swamp during heavy rains - has caused their flooding problems.

Gipe has dug a 35-foot-wide storm water management pool and is expanding it to 55 feet at the county's direction. When that's completed, about one-third of his 3.2 acres will be used for storm management.

Everyone is upset about the water, but he's the only one doing storm water management, Gipe said.

"It's a problem, but everyone has to help address it, not just one person," he said.

No significant amount of rain has fallen since last week, but the mobile home park remained soggy.

Carolyn Rae Miller had to put bags on her feet Thursday to get her laundry off the clothesline.

"The water has gone down now, but I couldn't get my car in (last weekend)," Miller said. "The only way we could get in here is using my dad's truck."

Her son spent the weekend at his grandmother's house so he could get to work, Miller said.

Last week's rain didn't result in the worst conditions she's seen.

"A couple of weeks ago, we couldn't get out of here for a full week. We couldn't get in here with our cars," Miller said. "You either get flooded in or flooded out."

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