Lowell tables action on Powell Ditch

2013-08-18T20:30:00Z 2013-08-18T21:11:24Z Lowell tables action on Powell DitchMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 18, 2013 8:30 pm  • 

LOWELL | After learning corrective measures to control flooding from the Powell Ditch are limited by county drainage officials, the Town Council has tabled any action until all costs are in.

Lowell Public Works Director Greg Shook said some of the work can be done by town crews, and that would reduce the $227,264 cost, but to what degree is not yet known.

"We can do the piping work, but there will be 400 truckloads of dirt. We're not equipped to handle that," he said.

Craig Hendrix, of SEH of Indiana in Munster, said engineered controls would limit flooding but not stop it.

"No more flow can get into Cedar Creek than what goes in now," he said. "The county wouldn't allow anything larger than a 36-inch pipe."

Powell Ditch lies within the flood plain of Cedar Creek, a Lake County legal drain supported by tax rolls.

As described by Hendrix, the project would involve installation of a headwall and a control called a duckbill to keep Powell Ditch from draining into Cedar Creek.

About four properties are flooded during rains. Two of those property owners, Roger Baker and Al Bachman, were not happy with the project plans.

"This is as aggressive as the county will let us be," Council President Edgar Corns, R-5th, told them.

Bachman, a former town councilman and town employee, offered to give the town land along the project area. He suggested a retention pond for water storage be installed.

Hendrix said a retention pond in the wetlands makes no sense.

No councilman commented on Bachman's offer to give the town wetlands property.

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