KENSINGTON – Kensington Town Council will borrow $55,000 to deal with flooding problems in the community.
Town of Kensington. File photo
In October 2013, town council voted to solicit a quote from Genivar Engeneering, now known as WSP Engineering Inc., to provide engineering and consulting services to deal with a drainage issue along Linwood Drive, Pleasant Street, Maple Lane and Broadway Street North. Council had received numerous complaints of flooding at residences along these roads.
“I'm sure that everyone is fully aware of what the issue is there with the amount of storm water in the Broadway Street area,” said Coun. Jeff Spencer, chairman of the public works committee.
In a report to council, public works officials said that much of the town does not contain an underground storm drainage system. As a result, most of the storm water travels over land through a series of swales, edges of streets and various berms to numerous outlet locations and has resulted in flooding at residences along a section of Broadway Street North between Maple Lane and Pleasant Street.
The department noted that there is a subsurface drainage system along Broadway Street North but it has, at times, proven to be inadequate in removing runoff.
The volume of water is too great for the catch basins to handle and it polls causing flooding.
The plan calls for the introduction of additional catch basins and pipes along the flow route to allow water to enter the pipes at controlled locations, reducing the high overland flows.
There will also be a subsurface storm drainage design that will permit water to enter the pipes before the build-up occurs and will eliminate the “river effect” flowing through people’s backyards and in an existing swale between Maple Lane and Pleasant Street.
The town plans to amortize the $55,000 loan over a 10-year period.