The City Council took an initial step Tuesday night in addressing reoccurring flash floods in the Fox Creek neighborhood.
The Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a professional service agreement with St. Louis-based engineering firm Horner & Shifrin Inc. to conduct a 16-week study of the neighborhood's storm water drainage. The study is not to exceed $41,000.
During the summer, residents from the neighborhood, located northeast of the intersection at North Illinois Street and Frank Scott Parkway, have urged the Council to address the frequent flash flooding after period of heavy rainfall that leaves water in their yards and streets. Residents have told the city's Public Works and Municipal Complex Committee the flash floods have become worse over the years. One resident said the frequent floods have weakened their house's foundation and another resident said a storm in June caused flooding that ruined their $125,000 RV.
Ward 3 Alderman Scott Greenwald, who is the chairman of the city's Public Works and Municipal Complex Committee, said Mayor Gail Mitchell is expected to sign the resolution as soon as Wednesday so the study can begin immediately.
Greenwald said this will hopefully be the beginning of a solution.
"They are going to do a survey to see where the actually problem is," Greenwald said." Once that's finished we'll bring it back to public works and see what the fix is so we can see what we can do to solve the problem for the Fox Creek residents. And hopefully at the time we can move forward on hiring a construction company to do the fixes. Then, we'll have to go to finance (department) to come up with the money and a dollar amount to see how much it will actually cost."
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