Merrillville pursues drainage improvements along 53rd Court

2013-08-09T19:15:00Z 2013-08-09T23:34:07Z Merrillville pursues drainage improvements along 53rd CourtChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
August 09, 2013 7:15 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | The town's Stormwater Utility is seeking drainage alternatives on 53rd Court.

A lift station currently is used to prevent flooding in that area, said Matt Lake, executive director of the Stormwater Utility.

He said there isn't a backup power source for the lift station, so flooding can occur if power goes out in that area when it's raining.

Public Works personnel are currently sent to check if the lift station is operating when there is severe weather, Lake said.

He said the town owns nine acres near 53rd Court that could be used for drainage purposes.

The proposal will be studied to determine if it's feasible to remove the lift station and send water into that area, Lake said.

Town Councilman Richard Hardaway said flooding on 53rd Court has been a longtime concern for residents.

Residents were evacuated from that area during flooding in 2008. Several homes sustained severe damage from that flood, Hardaway said.

He said he appreciates the Stormwater Utility's efforts to resolve the issue along with their work on other stormwater projects on Merrillville's north side.

Hardaway said a rain garden installed on 54th Court and storm sewer improvements on 54th Avenue will improve drainage and increase property values there.

The Stormwater Utility is looking to identify other trouble areas in Merrillville by updating its master plan.

Christopher B. Burke Engineering is working with stormwater officials to complete the update.

Broadway and 58th Avenue, Delaware Street and 70th Place and 61st Avenue near Interstate 65 are among locations the engineering company has indicated as problem areas.

The company is asking town officials to examine maps of Merrillville to point out any other locations that have flooding issues.

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