From Councilman David Marks:
Dear Councilman Marks,
On Monday, March 18, 2013, Rahee Famili and I met with Tim Tenne and about 15 of his neighbors regarding their flooding concerns. The community has petitioned the County for extensive infrastructure improvements including the construction of new curbs and gutters, the replacement of existing water mains, the construction of additional storm drains, and the reconstruction of road base course with new pavement. At the present time there is no funding available for this major project request.
It was explained that without funding the DPW could not construct the requested improvements. Acknowledging the possibility that obtaining funding may be troublesome we asked the community to specify any deficiencies in the existing storm drain systems that could easily be remedied. To that end we walked en masse, in the rain, through the neighborhood. We believe the following action items would go a long way to resolving many of the flooding complaints. Total cost are estimated to be $40,000.
- Improve entrance conditions to 2 existing inlets on Round Oak Road. This work can be performed by our Bureau of Highways and can be performed within the County’s right of way. This work will impact upon parking made of brick pavers in front of 621 Round Oak and will require that property owner to be in agreement. We estimate the cost to be $2,000.
- Construct a raised apron and berm curb at 616 Debaugh Avenue in order to contain stormwater to the street and into the existing storm drain instead of running down the drive towards the rear yards between Round Oak and Debaugh. As this work will be an improvement to private property the cost must be privately financed. We estimate the cost to be $10,000.
- Lower the existing yard inlet and construct underdrains behind 611 Round Oak Road. This would intercept greater volumes of storm water with less stormwater bypassing the inlet and running on to downstream properties. It would also allow for the lawn area to dry out more quickly after storm events. With the cooperation of the property owner the County will utilize its on-call contractor to perform this work. We estimate the cost to be $8,000.
- Install a new yard inlet behind 618 Debaugh Avenue. The inlet would be located over top of an existing storm drain which runs from Debaugh Avenue to the system in the backyards of Round Oak Road. This inlet would intercept stormwater before entering downstream properties. This work would require the full cooperation of the property owner. With the cooperation of the property owner the County will utilize its on-call contractor to perform this work.We estimate the cost to be $10,000.
- Convert an existing s inlet to a double combination e inlet at 615 Debaugh Avenue. This would intercept greater volumes of stormwater before crossing Debaugh and running down the driveway at 616 Debaugh Avenue. With the cooperation of the property owner the County will utilize its on-call contractor to perform this work. We estimate the cost to be $10,000.
Additionally, as a separate project, when roads in the neighborhood are eligible for resurfacing, they can be resurfaced with better-defined crowns where appropriate. Debaugh Avenue is currently in the 2013 resurfacing list. With the cooperation of the community and the particular property owners affected by the above activities the DPW will pursue the above list of action items. We believe these activities will greatly reduce the communities complaints of flooding.
Sheldon S. Epstein, P.E.
Chief, Storm Drain Design Section
Baltimore County Department of Public Works