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Clay engineer discusses preliminary results of flood study

Homeowners in the town of Clay with flood damage had an opportunity to hear what the town is doing to correct the problem last week. Town engineer Douglas Wickman of C&S Engineers shared the preliminary results of a flood study the town had undertaken at the board's last meeting Monday July 16. About 35 residents were in attendance for the presentation.

The study was commenced after last year's July 12 rain event, after which numerous Clay residents reported water in their basements, yards and streets. The July 16 report pertained only to those residents who had water in their homes. The study was initiated as a result of flooding and sewage backup in Bayberry but was expanded as flood forms came in from all over town, reporting basement flooding in other neighborhoods.

Wickman discussed flooding in seven neighborhoods in the town, describing the reasons C&S thought those neighborhoods experienced flooding and what it was doing to correct the problem. Residents had a chance to ask questions and give further information.

The following neighborhoods were discussed:

Belmont

Six homes in Belmont, located off Route 57 near John Glenn Boulevard, were affected by the July 12 flood. Wickman said that the drainage pipe servicing this area was not large enough to handle the amount of water that came with that storm. Flooding was most severe at the bottom of the hill on Belmont Drive.

Wickman said that the town is working to clean the catch basins in that area and to keep the drainage pipes clear.

"The storm sewers are in very good working order there," he said. "It's a fairly good-sized pipe. It takes a very, very severe storm for a problem to occur, but it can happen. We're looking for a flood route out of there so that if there's a situation where the pipe can't handle it, there will still be a place for the water to go."

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