Rainfallclogs drain, floods street

Published on Thu, Jan 18, 2007
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Rainfall clogs drain, floods street

Last month’s heavy rains caused flooding for a number of houses along Lee Lane, on the south side of H street near the Blaine Cemetery, when a surge of stormwater runoff sluiced out a recently excavated drainage ditch alongside new construction, clogging downstream storm drains.

Sandy Petersen, assistant director of Blaine public works, said the  problem was caused by a 30-year-old drainage system on the south side of the hill that was “overwhelmed.” He added that while storm drain junctions  farther downstream toward Boblett Street have been overflowing for  some years, new construction seems to have exacerbated the problem.

In particular, Petersen said that a ditch that a Blaine resident had  replaced “meandered across the lot and was filled with junk, old  engine blocks, that kind of thing, all of which slowed down the flow” toward the storm drain on his lot.

Finding out which local agency to go to in order to fix the problem has proven difficult for homeowners since they are convinced that much of the water flows from the north side of H street, inside city limits, downhill toward their property which is a few hundred feet outside the city. 

County Executive Pete Kremen has agreed to meet with neighborhood representatives to explore solutions at 6 p.m. Monday, January 29, at the Blaine Library.