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downpours hit the area

Friday, July 07, 2017 15:43 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Blockades were placed on several streets in LaPorte to keep motor vehicles from driving through pools of standing water after nearly two inches of rain during a five hour period on Friday.

Waste Water Department superintendent Jerry Jackson said the amount of storm water was too much for the city's treatment plant to handle.

The excess was diverted into a storage lagoon to be run through the plant once the rain subsides, he said.

Intersections at Tyler and Washington streets near LaPorte Hospital and Brighton and Rush streets on the city's east side were among the areas with high standing water.

Jackson said the ponding at Brighton and Rush streets was from grass clippings from a recent mowing being carried away from the curb and clogging a few of the storm drains.

Overall, Jackson said things were not out of the ordinary for such a weather event and helping to keep most of the city streets free of high standing water was the rain stopping for awhile before the next downpour.

The dry periods gave storm sewers a chance to drain and handle the next influx of run-off.

''I'm thankful for that,'' said Jackson.

By 1 p.m., 1.85 inches of rain since 7:25 a.m. Friday was reported by the city's water department which keeps daily precipitation records.

Jackson said overflows from the treatment plant into Travis Ditch rarely happen anymore since creation of the storage lagoon about a decade ago and the influx of rain Friday despite heavy times was not close to causing that to happen.
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