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Manchester Storm Water Projects Underway to Save Property

Backyards and other property is reportedly being damaged due to major erosion and unstable creek banks along Manchester's storm water system.

Engineering firm Stock & Associates has been chosen to take on two storm water projects in Manchester. They have been studying the Channel B and Chadwick storm water systems, both in need of repair.

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Alderman Mike Clement said the creeks that handle storm water have been flooding and destroying property.

“Homeowners are losing backyards and seeing their property eaten up by creeks,” Clement said. He said the city was also concerned that a child could be injured where erosion is causing the creeks to get deeper.

Clement said the Channel B project is still in its early stages. He said that Channel B is part of the Grand Glaze watershed and travels through many homeowner’s yards.

“We just now have funded studies and plans. Channel B is a large project,” he said. He said the next step is getting permits from Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District and gaining state approval. By the time that is accomplished and easements are granted from various property owners, the project may not start until 2012.

A representative from Stock & Associates said there is major erosion and unstable creek banks along Channel B that have left exposed utilities. They are now doing field surveys and developing a hydraulic model to analyze the effect of storms on the creeks and determine flood elevations.

The engineering firm plans to have its studies completed by late summer or early fall. Then they will come back to the board of aldermen with a list of options and costs to repair the storm system.

The firm expects to have that plan to present to the board of aldermen by late summer or early fall this year.

The project in Chadwick Subdivision could begin in late 2011 or 2012. The plan is to install a larger pipe in the creek north of Bromfield Terrace, which shouldn’t cause any disruption to nearby residents. South of Bromfield Terrace, the firm plans to stabilize the creek with stones and by planting trees and more grass.

 

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