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Flood prevention work eyed

August 15, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Borough of Waynesboro's engineering department is recommending $75,000 of work to mitigate flooding problems in the south end of town.

The Borough Council will be asked to approve a project to remove three pipes east of Church Street, clear debris in the area and stabilize banks along the storm water outfall.

The move is the start of "intensive work" in the area to address flooding that has deluged residents' homes and yards, Director of Borough Engineering Kevin Grubbs said.

"We're going to have to do this in stages. We need to do something now, so we're taking the recommendation of our consultant and taking out those pipes," Grubbs said.

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The three 48-inch pipes were installed under South Church Street when it was widened in 1999. They created a funnel effect and backup, Grubbs said.

Those three pipes reduced the flow capacity by 81 percent, according to a 2004 study by Dennis E. Black Engineering of Chambersburg, Pa. Two-thirds of the borough's stormwater system flows through the area near Maple Street and drains into the Antietam Creek, Grubbs said.

Neighbors are set to meet with the borough council on Wednesday to discuss the options.

In other business, the planning commission recommended the council approve preliminary plans for 37 town houses across from Antietam Dairy. The development, known as South End Village, would incorporate a homeowners' association agreement into the sale of properties.

The commission's recommendation came contingent on some revisions being made to stormwater management plans.

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