Fairview leaders want to know why shopping center floods

News-DemocratDecember 4, 2013 

The city of Fairview Heights will move forward with plans to fund a study to find out why the Crossroads Shopping Center floods.

The center, located at 10850 Lincoln Trail, is home to T.J. Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Deals and several smaller shops. The center is known to flood during heavy rain.

During the Nov. 19 City Council meeting, council members voted against using TIF funds to pay for a study of the sewer lines on the privately-owned shopping center property. This week, the council again voted on the resolution and this time the resolution passed.

The resolution gives the city permission to spend $1,464 to enter into a professional engineering services contract with Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc. to examine the storm sewer line to determine whether it has collapsed and is contributing to the flooding issue. The study involve sending a camera down into the sewer system to look for pipe problems or collapses. The City Council has not yet publicly addressed how repairs will be funded, or who will be responsible for paying for the repairs, if the study discovers the sewer lines have collapsed.

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