Hobart residents hope sewer work ends flooding

2013-07-31T20:45:00Z 2013-12-11T20:45:23Z Hobart residents hope sewer work ends floodingDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Deb Carroll's neighborhood in the 200 block of South Virginia Street has had flooding problems ever since she can remember.

Her parents purchased the pre-built home in 1955. She grew up there, and she and her husband, Phil, took over the house in 1997 and raised their sons there.

"I remember as a kid water coming up from the basement floor," Carrol said.

Despite construction-related inconveniences since April, Carrol and neighbor Mary Hack hope that sewer improvements the city is making will solve flooding issues going back more than 50 years.

"I'm hoping and praying that all the work they're doing solves our flooding problems. Every time it rains, we have to park our cars on the grass because the street floods halfway up to the garage," Hack said.

Rex Construction was hired by the city to build new storm sewers in the area of South Mundell to alleviate future flooding, City Engineer Phil Gralik said.

The work includes California, Virginia and Delaware streets.

"Work is on schedule," Gralik said.

Gralik said there were rumors circulating last week that Rex Construction had stopped work at the site.

That wasn't the case, he said.

Rex Construction workers temporarily shifted to another site, Rand Street and North Joliet, and there was some restaging of equipment.

"They were shuffling equipment for a day or two, but there was no intent to stop work," Gralik said.

The work — replacing sanitary sewer pipes and finishing streets and curbs — will be substantially completed by Nov. 8.

That won't include such finishing touches as grass seed and landscaping, which likely will be completed in the spring, Gralik said.

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