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WASHED AWAY: Heavy rains pound South Whitley with river, wastewater problems

June 19, 2013

Officials met at South Whitley’s Wastewater Treatment Plant for a state inspection. Pictured, from left, are Kent Slater of South Whitley; David Harvey, of Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering; Richard Romes, of Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering and Dharmendra Parikshak, of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

SOUTH WHITLEY — Heavy rains have been South Whitley’s nemesis.

With each storm, rain water flushed grass seed down the Eel River from the newly graded bank along the town’s renovated wastewater treatment plant.

At the most recent town council meeting, South Whitley leaders were informed that consistent heavy rains had been detrimental to the newly laid grass seed.

Grass would not seem like a cause for the council’s concern. However, without the seed taking root, the overall project cannot be deemed completed.

In addition to storms washing away grass seed, a faulty manhole cover came undone during a storm in April. That caused river water, which would have been contained by the manhole cover, to flood the wastewater treatment plant.

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