CATCHING THE FLOW: City looking to alleviate rain problems

COLUMBIA CITY— 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 City’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.“We’re not engineered for that kind of capacity,” he said. “Having a combined sewer system means there’s often flooding on streets, just because the capacity isn’t there (in the system) to take the water away.”Cleaning up that type of mess is a serious endeavor that presents health risks. “With that kind of biological matter, there’s always a risk for bad things to happen,” 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.To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 21 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.