Metro-East News

Fairview aldermen OK additional engineering for frequently flooded Fox Creek

An effort to relieve frequent flash flooding in a Fairview Heights neighborhood will be getting more help.

Additional engineering will be conducted in the Fox Creek neighborhood where residents have suffered property damage form frequent flash floods.

The Fairview Heights City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to hire of St. Louis engineering firm Horner & Shifrin provide additional engineering for the drainage project on Villanova Court, where the sloping landscape draws the most storm water. According to the resolution, Horner & Shifrin will be paid an hourly cost not to exceed $9,200.

Fairview Heights Director of Public Works John Harty said city aldermen had recently approved spending $35,000 on the drainage project and the city has budgeted as much as $60,000 for engineering and remediation. After the initial vote, Harty said that he thought more needed to be done to address the subdivision’s most frequent flooding on Villanova Court and called for the additional engineering.

“That was something that I wasn’t comfortable with, and I thought needed more review,” Harty said before the meeting. “Everything flows down that way. If we slow the water down as it comes into the subdivision, it helps everyone else.”

Harty said he believes the engineering study and following drainage construction will provide much needed relief for Fox Creek residents.

“Absolutely,” Harty said, after the vote. “There are a lot of individuals who live in that subdivision who had had to deal with adverse conditions with storm water for a significant amount of time.”

Harty said the engineering will begin later this fall and construction on a new drainage system will begin as soon as weather permits in the spring.

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 618-239-2526.