Officials from communities in Wood, Lucas, and Ottawa counties have been invited to a meeting later this month to address flooding and drainage problems that have afflicted the area after rain storms.
The City of Northwood has extended invitations to what it is calling a Water Drainage Summit April 28 at the city council chambers.
“Never before has this area suffered so much destruction from the most modest of rainfalls,” the invitation letter to local and county officials says, referring to problems with the system of ditches and creeks that drain into Lake Erie.
The letter cites three causes of drainage problems: an increase in the number of homes and businesses; heavier and more frequent storms, and “…our drainage system being in disrepair and no longer adequate capacity.”
“Those of us in local government only have the means to address the third matter of these causes and a unified plan is needed for repairing and updating our drainage system,” the letter says. “We need to require that all developments have adequate means to protect their neighborhoods from their water -shed; primarily through the use of detention ponds able to hold water for 100- to 200-year storms. We cannot allow new developments to go forward with ponds only able to hold a 25-year storm. Our hope is that this meeting will enable local governments to begin working together to establish a unified plan to address water drainage issues in Wood, Lucas, and Ottawa counties.”
A "100-year storm" drops rainfall totals that had a one percent probability of occurring at that location that year.
The invitation has been extended to officials in the cities of Oregon, Toledo, Rossford, and Perrysburg; the townships of Lake, Perrysburg, and Allen; villages of Millbury and Walbridge, and the three counties as well as the Northwestern Water and Sewer District.
In Northwood, city officials addressed flooding problems in and around Brentwood Park by installing a nine-foot-deep detention pond that is designed with a capacity to handle rainwater from a 200-year storm, said Administrator Pat Bacon.
A rainstorm last summer also caused flooding problems in residential areas along Curtice Road in the north part of the city, she said.
After a rainstorm hit the area last month and the flooding had receded, an employee of the city’s public service department walked along Dry Creek and found six log jams between Fostoria Road and Billman Road, which is in Ottawa County.
Craig Meier, Public Service Director, said he is concerned about dying ash trees falling into the creek and causing flooding problems upstream.
Mrs. Bacon said the economic development in Wood County is creating more run-off, resulting in more storm water flowing to communities in the northern edge of the county.
She said the city would like the Wood County Planning Commission to incorporate more regulations that prepare for 100-year storms.
“We feel so much of our problem is coming from the south,” she said. “We’ve had three 100-year storms in the past 18 months. We’ve got to work together on this as a regional issue.”
More than five inches of rain fell in the area last July 3, flooding farm fields, roadways, parking lots, and residential neighborhoods.
In Lake Township, a Latcha Road man told the trustees he still had water in his yard several days after the storm that was draining from an adjacent farm field. He asked the trustees to consider a ban on issuing future building permits on Woodland Court until the problem has been resolved.
The City of Oregon recently announced several projects to correct problems with flooding storm water, pending the availability of stimulus funding. One project calls for improving Big Ditch.