HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The problem: In the 18100 block of Maugans Avenue, someone has set up a pump to empty rainwater from a vacant lot, and the water drains onto Maugans Avenue.
“While this issue is only a minor nuisance during warmer weather (wet roads on clear and sunny days that dirty your car), it can be disastrous during winter months,” a reader wrote in an email. “As the rain water is emptied onto Maugans Ave., it freezes, making the roadway slick. It is only a matter of time before someone, who thinks there is no chance of ice-covered roads, to be surprised by black ice in this area.”
The reader, who asked to remain anonymous, said he or she contacted the Washington County Highway Department but had not received a response.
Who could fix it: Washington County
What they say: County spokeswoman Sarah Lankford Sprecher said a service request was filed with the county’s Engineering and Construction Department a few weeks ago.
“The county is currently engineering a solution to help provide better drainage so the pump can be eliminated,” Sprecher wrote in an email Friday.
— Compiled by Heather Keels
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