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TELL CITY - City leaders may invest up to $500,000 to increase the flow of stormwater that continues to back up into some residents' basements during periods of heavy rain.
The city's board of works agreed last month to explore the feasibility of constructing a new pumping station and installing a 16-inch main that would help divert stormwater and sewage west toward the city's downtown, where it would be treated at the community's sewage-treatment plant.
The new station could be located in the area of Pestalozzi and 15th and 16th streets and would handle flows that cause problems along 14th Street and nearby areas.
Dave Derrick of Louisville, Ky.-based Derrick Engineering sketched out the plans, which would relieve stormwater flow from a line that flows near 14th Street. That line is often overwhelmed during periods of heavy rain, such as those that fell in March. The result is backed-up water and sewage in homes.
The city built a new pump station several years ago to help handle additional flow and installed a secondary line last year in hopes of increasing capacity. On a normal day the line is one-quarter to three-fourths full
Those efforts have helped but have not eliminated the problems.