Heavy rain strains drainage systems
Heavy rain and melting snow dealt a one-two punch last weekend to the northeast corner of Wood County where workers of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District were forced to set up additional pumps.
Dan Wickard, the district’s superintendent, said crews were battling unusually heavy storm flows in the region.
“Saturated, thawing ground from melting snow and heavy rains infiltrated the district’s sanitary sewer system in Northwood, Millbury, Rossford, and areas for Perrysburg Township and Lake Township,” he said.
Crews set up additional pumping at nine locations in the north end of the county over the weekend to help alleviate overloaded stations that pump flows to regional plants of Toledo, Perrysburg, and Oregon.
Wickard said the heavier storms appeared to track northeast across the county, forcing storm flows from sump pumps and downspouts into the sanitary system.
Lake Township trustee Richard Welling met with residents of the Freedom Estates subdivision near Bradner Road on Sunday where the rain was causing Ayers Creek to overflow, flooding a catch basin on a nearby undeveloped lot in the subdivision.
Welling and Mark Hummer, township administrator, returned to assess the situation last Monday.
Welling said the overloaded drainage system in the subdivision caused the sump pumps of some residents to quit working.
January has kept water and sewer district crews busy.
The prior weekend a 6-inch water main in the Village of Walbridge business district along Main Street broke.
Jerry Greiner, executive director of the district, estimated the repairs cost about $3,000, including overtime pay, having the portable appropriate equipment, and paying Toledo for the lost water.
The district encounters about 65 water leaks of aging underground lines a year, he said.
“Rising and falling temperatures cause the ground to shift fracturing older, frail waterlines,” Greiner said. “We map these breaks and compare the age of the lines to determine when and where to replace the lines with new. As well, we have replaced several miles of smaller sized 4-inch lines to improve the overall distribution to the area.”
He said there was no property damage to buildings because of the leak in Walbridge.