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COLUMBIA CITYâ€” This year has been a weather contrast from 2012, as rainwater has soaked the community on more than one occasion.
These heavy rain falls cause a burden that must be carried by Columbia Cityâ€™s storm and wastewater systems.
A large rainstorm that came through the city Aug. 2 washed out some alleys and caused back-ups and minor flooding in houses.
According to Community Development Director Jeff Walker, who oversees stormwater for Columbia City, these big rains overwhelm the sewer system.
â€śWeâ€™re not engineered for that kind of capacity,â€ť he said. â€śHaving a combined sewer system means thereâ€™s often flooding on streets, just because the capacity isnâ€™t there (in the system) to take the water away.â€ť
Cleaning up that type of mess is a serious endeavor that presents health risks.
â€śWith that kind of biological matter, thereâ€™s always a risk for bad things to happen,â€ť Walker said.
A stormwater project is planned for 2014 on the southwest side of the city. Walker hopes the project can assist the overflow issues.
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