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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 Cityâs 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.
âWeâre not engineered for that kind of capacity,â he said. âHaving a combined sewer system means thereâs often flooding on streets, just because the capacity isnât there (in the system) to take the water away.â
Cleaning up that type of mess is a serious endeavor that presents health risks.
âWith that kind of biological matter, thereâs always a risk for bad things to happen,â 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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