Montgomery residents decry flooding issues along Third Avenue
By Judy Pochel For Sun-Times Media September 13, 2013 4:40PM
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:16AM
Residents in one of Montgomery’s neighborhoods say a road in their area is caving in, and they want a little action from the village to fix the problem.
The area involves a few blocks on Third Avenue that has been plagued in recent years with storm water problems. During storms, rain pours off a deteriorating roadway into driveways and basements and is now considered a safety issue.
“We need storm sewers installed. I asked the mayor and trustees to take time to drive by and see the mess,” said resident Walter Sattler.
Board members discussed how the road is in need of extensive repairs.
“I echo the concerns and I don’t challenge the fact. I talked to the engineer about this today,” said Mayor Matt Brolley.
Mike Pubentz, public works director in the village, explained new water mains are currently being installed in the area after excessive water main breaks
“They were supposed to be done in 1994. I think they deserve to have that road done this year,” said Trustee Pete Heinz.
“We get water when we get rains as it comes down from all the roads, comes down between our houses and gets into the basements. We have school buses that can’t get through. In the winter it freezes and becomes a safety hazard. There is muck everywhere and the front yard looks like it’s caving in,” said resident Christine Hanson.
Village staff said they will be looking at the area quite closely in coming days, as they have been asked to review the project and provide new estimates as to the actual cost of infrastructure improvements.
“If we focus on the short term we need a better project to collect the water. In the long term are capital improvements but the budget consideration is the addition of storm sewers. We will look at that and bring numbers back,” Pubentz said.