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Berlin Flooding Report Delayed Till Next Month
BERLIN - The final stormwater management report by the Army Corps of Engineers expected at any time has been pushed back another month.
'It's been delayed because of staff shortages on their end. We're now expected to get the draft in April,' said Berlin Administrative Director Linda Bambary.
The town will hold an informal work session, Bambary said, to go over the report. The final draft will be due at the end of the month.
Ongoing flooding problems in the town prompted the study. Henry Robinson, a West Street property owner, has had a long-running conflict with the town over stormwater management measures taken on his property.
The town added a swale to his property, dividing it in two, he said, and preventing access to one part.
'I don't feel like I should have to pay taxes on land I can't use,' Robinson told the Mayor and Council last Monday night. 'It was put there against my will.'
Robinson made some suggestions to resolve the issues over his property. He put forth a proposal to add a pipe to one side of his property, where a ditch used to be, and relocate another.
Bambary said that the addition of a pipe to one side of the property and moving an existing pipe eight inches deeper is in the Corps' draft report.
'It would do everything,' Robinson said. 'Water needs to go somewhere. Where the swale is now, it's like putting a drain at the top of the bathtub.'
Marie Velong, Robinson's neighbor, reminded the council that one pipe installed in September was put in eight inches too high.
'What's so hard about digging a hole and putting a pipe in?' she asked.
However, Bambary said the solution might not be as simple as that. 'I think we still need another pipe,' she said.
Flooding issues have plagued the town for years, prompting a comprehensive look at the entire area.
Council Vice President Gee Williams said the town owed it to the citizens to get moving on some solutions. 'They've been more than patient,' he said.
The design and survey work would run around $6,000, Bambary later said, but she did not have any figures for installation.
The town will not be able to pipe the entire perimeter of the property, another of Robinson's suggestions.'We're not going to be able to pipe the back. It just won't work,' said Bambary.