Storm water flooding issues continued to dominate officials’ attention at the Quakertown borough council meeting last Wednesday night.
While the borough is still developing an action plan to protect its residents and businesses from future problems, Borough Manager Scott McElree said some progress has already been made in one of the most affected areas during last month’s severe floods.
During the heavy rains, storm water drainage exceeded the capacity of a 36-inch drainage pipe adjacent to the Atrium office building on 5th Street. As a result, the Atrium and surrounding residents on 4th and 5th streets experience tremendous flooding problems. While some work has already been done, McElree said there will be much more to come.
“We were able to locate some tree roots that had grown into a section of the pipe. The roots were impeding the flow of water through the pipe. We were able to remove the roots, which should allow for better drainage,” he said.
McElree continued, “In addition, we have been in contact with the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) requesting assistance with our flooding problems, and are going through the process of applying for their fast track program. This program should greatly speed up or even eliminate the permit process, and allow us to develop the best plan for moving earth, and doing what we need to do to create better water flow into Beaver Run Creek, and other natural drainage areas throughout the borough.”
“We don’t want to just divert drainage water from problem areas, without having a plan of how to direct it into the local creeks and retention areas or we will end up moving a problem from one neighborhood to another instead of fixing it,” McElree said.
Also at the meeting, council listened to a presentation from Tim Morgan and Dave Kratz of Quakertown Action Park, a non-profit group interested in expanding and transforming the borough’s existing skate park on Main Street into an inviting, multi-use facility that would appeal to all community members.
Council will discuss the idea at their work session meeting on Oct. 24 to determine the best course of action in considering the concept.