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Water won't recede

Memorial Blvd. remains closed at underpass

June 20, 2012
  • Workers drain water from beneath the railroad overpass on Memorial Boulevard in Hagerstown on Wednesday. The street remained closed Wednesday, more than three weeks after heavy rains flooded the roadway.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

HAGERSTOWN — West Memorial Boulevard between South Potomac Street and Maryland Avenue will remain closed until further notice, according to Erin Wolfe, communications manager for the City of Hagerstown.

The road was closed due to high water under the railroad overpass after heavy rains Tuesday, May 29. City workers began draining water from the street, but the water would not recede.

Three weeks later, the water is still not receding, and city workers are still trying to identify the problem, Wolfe said.

According to an emailed statement from Eric Deike, public works manager for the City of Hagerstown, an 15-inch diameter underdrain lies directly under a 27-inch sanitary sewer and was designed to carry ground water away from the sanitary sewer system. The underdrain was built at some point between 1917 and 1923, according to Deike's statement.

Excavation has begun on the street, and workers plan to send a camera into the pipe to figure out the problem, but a continual flow of ground water has to be pumped out before the camera can be inserted, according to the release.

— Caleb Calhoun, Mobile Journalist

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