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Monroeville to pay for analysis of Willow Hedge stormwater issues

| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Monroeville will spend more than $30,000 to diagnose a stormwater issue on Willow Hedge Drive, where homeowners said they've been getting flooded for decades.

The funding will enable Monroeville engineers to perform a hydraulic analysis of the stormwater management system from the Willow Hedge plan to the parkway.

Council last week voted 6-0 to approve funding. Councilman Bernhard Erb was absent.

Homeowners said they have shelled out thousands of dollars over the years and still have to deal with flooding on their street.

“Thirty-three thousand dollars is not going to fix my flooding problem. … I'm going to flood again and again and again,” Willow Hedge resident Theresa Peterson said at the Nov. 7 Citizens' Night.

Monroeville Councilman Steve Duncan explained that an engineering study is just the first step and that the “ball is rolling.”

A preliminary inspection revealed “substandard” stormwater management on Willow Hedge Drive during heavy rains, Monroeville engineer Paul Hugus said.

The homes on Willow Hedge were constructed in the 1970s before a stormwater management system was required, Hugus said.

Adding to the problem is a separate stormwater management system that is channeling rainwater through a pipe and into the backyards of some homeowners.

“When the development went in, they never addressed that storm pipe,” Hugus said.

The engineering study could take up to three months, he said.

“That entire system has to be looked at,” Hugus said. “Then we'll need money to fix the problem.”

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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