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Permit last step in North Huntingdon flood relief efforts

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Flood relief could be coming to the Jacktown Acres region of North Huntingdon this fall.

In August, North Huntingdon officials plan to award a $182,180 bid to BNC Construction, based in Champion, to turn Lions Park into a temporary stormwater detention facility in the hope of preventing flooding in Jacktown Acres.

Officials hope to build an earthen berm around the edges of the park, which would keep storm water from running downhill into Jacktown Acres and nearby McKee Road, according to assistant manager Mike Turley.

Turley said the commissioners could have awarded the project to BNC Construction during its voting meeting last week, but are waiting for a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Turley said officials have been developing this project for about 18 months, and they are ready to get it underway.

“We're ready now, and we're ready once the DEP issues this permit,” he said.

Turley said officials could begin working on the project this fall. He expects construction to last approximately 30 days.

Installing a storm-water detention area in the 600-acre Lions Park, near Robbins Station and McKee roads, along with installing additional catch basins, culverts and flood pipes, would address some of the area's flooding issues.

Turning the park into a stormwater detention area would require crews to build a berm around it, and install a valve to let the water drain gradually. The system could reduce storm water flowing into the neighborhood by 10 to 35 percent.

Township officials developed the plans with Andy Banfield, a senior engineer from Sewickley-based PVE Shreffler, to design the plans.

Flooding along McKee Road and in Jacktown Acres is caused by the area's relatively flat topography, and affects nearby Roth and Abrams drives, Banfield said.

The project could remove 10 of 18 homes in the area from the township's flood-damage list, according to township manager John Shepherd.

“The DEP should be moving pretty quickly on this,” Shepherd said. “Everything is ready to go -- it's just that one permit keeping us from moving forward.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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