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Storm runoff worries Delmont homeowner

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Murr
Stream running behing 27 christy Road is destroying bank next to the house and garage. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Murrysville Star
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Murr
Stream running behing 27 christy Road is destroying bank next to the house and garage. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Murrysville Star

Flooding isn't the only problem that comes from a summer of steady rain — just ask Greg Neumann.

After it rains, storm-water runoff pounds a hillside behind Neumann's Christy Road home in Delmont and erodes part of Neumann's yard.

“The water is like a raging river,” Neumann said. “It's been a big problem, where the bank is washing out, washing out because water continually keeps beating on the bank.”

Delmont officials and workers are trying to figure out a way to divert the runoff, which has made passing between Neumann's garage and yard difficult.

“We need to find a way to divert the water,” Council President Jim Bortz said.

Neumann, who has lived in the borough since 1991, said he has watched the land erode over the years.

Public Works employee Bill Heaps has been working at the property to replace part of a sewage line along Christy Road. If not fixed, the erosion could cause problems with the service line into Neumann's house, Heaps said.

That worries Neumann.

“It's not a free-running stream,” Neumann said. “I feel like most of the storm water from Delmont borough is ending up in my backyard.”

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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