MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Putting a stormwater retention pond upstream from the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Park will help solve perennial flooding problems along U.S. 11 and Berkeley Station Road, Berkeley County Engineer William J. Teach told the Berkeley County Commission on Thursday.
The pond is part of a roughly half-million-dollar plan Teach proposed to the commission as an alternative to a cheaper Department of Highways plan that he said would just push the problem downstream.
The new plan is based on findings of an extensive study of the area and the flooding problem, Teach said.
The area, just north of Martinsburg, has a long history of flooding, he said. Residents say it has gotten worse since Interstate 81 was built, Teach said.
U.S. 11 floods regularly in three places and occasionally in a fourth, according to a Berkeley County Engineering Department report.
It also floods a mobile home park and two sanitary sewer stations, according to the report.