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Sharpsburg cleans up after flood; Ravine Street project expected to ease overflows

Tawnya Panizzi
| Thursday, June 7, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
Flooding and debris at the intersection of Clay and Sixth streets in Sharpsburg, June 5, 2018.
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Flooding and debris at the intersection of Clay and Sixth streets in Sharpsburg, June 5, 2018.

Sharpsburg officials are hoping to expedite a $3.2 million sewer separation project at Ravine Street to alleviate flooding like what occurred during the hard-hitting storm June 5.

Several borough streets were flooded, causing closures along Main, Clay and Penn streets between Sixth and Ninth streets.

All roads have since reopened, Manager Bill Rossey said.

“None were closed for any period of time, only to get debris off of the road,” Rossey said.

There was no major damage, Rossey said, but a lot of mud and branches were strewn across the streets.

The intersection of Clay and Sixth streets was particularly impacted, with water pooling at the corner near St. Mary Church.

“It's with deep gratitude that I extend thanks to our first responders, emergency management coordinator and department of public works,” Mayor Matt Rudzki said, adding thanks for neighboring communities and their crews.

The Ravine Street project is being coordinated by PennDOT, ALCOSAN, O'Hara, Shaler and Sharpsburg.

Repairs to the sewer lines there are expected to ease constant overflows.

PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan was not able to be immediately reached for comment.

Sharpsburg has earned more than $2.5 million in grants for engineering and construction. Work will separate the storm and sanitary lines, and will target the stretch from High Street to the Allegheny River. A new stormwater pipe will be built to the river to remove excess water from the ALCOSAN system.

“Hopefully it can get underway soon to mitigate or eliminate future wet weather events,” Rudzki said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review.

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