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Palmer Supervisors and residents review options on stormdrain flooding woes

PALMER TWP., Pa. - Residents brainstormed solutions to alleviate flooding problems in their Northampton County community.

About half a dozen residents from Watson Street in Palmer Township attended the municipality's board of supervisors meeting Monday evening to brainstorm solutions to alleviate stormwater flooding problems in the neighborhood including Watson, Elwood, and Atkins streets.

According to board chairman David Colver, about a dozen residents in the area are affected by storm water runoff, resulting in flooded yards and basements following heavy rains. 

He noted the Watson Street problem is primarily the result of overflowing storm drains that cannot handle the flash flooding after severe downpours.

In addition, several property owners will have to install curbing completely around their lots in order to direct stormwater runoff to neighborhood storm drains.

Colver said Watson Street is one of eight 50 to 60-year-old neighborhoods in Palmer where stormwater overflow and drainage plans were not part of the original street designs.

Residents will have to pay for any new curbing added to their properties, while the township will assume responsibility for installing new catch basins and underground piping under both Elwood and Watson streets to direct storm water runoff away from the neighborhood, Colver said.

Colver informed the residents work would probably not begin until next summer since the township's costs will have to be worked into the 2015 Palmer general budget.

He estimated the township's cost at $50,000 to $150,000, depending on which options are decided upon by both the township and the affected residents.


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