Waynesboro considers widening storm-water outfall to ease flooding threat

February 21, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Widening a storm-water outfall in the southern end of Waynesboro would better protect residents from flooding and could be done by the end of summer, officials said Wednesday.

The borough's bill for that project would be about $750,000, they said.

The borough council has shown favor to proposals to install a concrete aqueduct along Cemetery Avenue and address four other flood-prone areas in town. Preliminary engineering will get started today.

Owners of homes on Maple Street, Cemetery Avenue and other nearby roads have complained about and even sued the borough for flooding in their houses and yards after quick and heavy rains.

Lee Zeger, of Dennis E. Black Engineering, described the outfall area as a bottleneck in the problematic, aging storm-water system.

"It provides relief for your entire system, including what I'll call the main trunk line already along Potomac" Street, Dennis Black said.


The consulting engineering firm recommended that the borough replace the existing 5-by-7 concrete boxes, through which storm water flows, with 6-by-12 boxes. Currently, the channel for water is wider than the boxes; the larger boxes would provide for a higher volume of water to flow through at an acceptable velocity, Zeger said.

The council also briefly discussed $760,000 worth of additional system upgrades that council members said they would consider tackling once the plan for the Cemetery Avenue outfall issues has been determined. The recommendations were part of a $6 million upgrade package suggested by consultants.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said he has sought financial assistance from U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and some state agencies.

"Getting this kind of money is a longshot. ... We need to develop a logical plan to do this over time. I'm not going to find $5 million overnight or even $750,000," Hamberger said.

The council said it will meet with the Chambersburg, Pa., engineering firm again next week.

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