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June 11, 2014

Mantorville council members seek mud, floodwater solution

When a heavy rain falls in Mantorville, Walnut Street resident Quinita Kase hauls 75-pound sand bags from the back of her house to the front to keep water and mud from a nearby field out of her yard, driveway, and house.

While she is hauling the sand bags, the muck from the field – corn stalks, black dirt, and something that smells – is terribly slick so she can only gingerly shuffle. She is a small woman.

 

If she’s asleep or at work, this plan fails and her property is overrun. The houses on either side of her also experience floodwaters and mud.

Kase has come to the city council three times over the last 15 years for solutions.

Once she had her front lawn and driveway graded. A few years ago, city workers built a berm at the edge of the field and that really helped, she said, but with changes in city staff and heavy winters with lots of snow plowing, the berm eroded away and on Mother’s Day night, a heavy rain washed landscaping, a gate and the bottom of a fence downstream and deposited the smelly muck in her yard. She is still cleaning it up.

At the city council meeting May 28, 2014, Tim Hruska, city engineer from WHKS, Inc. offered some ideas for solutions.

The quantity and quality of water need to be addressed, said Hruska. He is meeting with representatives for the local Soil and Water Conservation District....READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE DCI.

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