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October 30, 2013

Supervisors take on drainage projects

WHEATLAND — Flooding this past May and June have resulted in a few drainage district projects within Clinton County.

Residents from drainage districts 22 and 5 attended a Monday morning meeting at the Wheatland City Hall. County Engineer Todd Kinney outlined repair projects in each district.

Two major repairs were discussed in drainage district 22, near Wheatland, where June flooding damaged a berm and a culvert. The flooding event washed away the north side of the raised embankment, immediately east of county road Y4E. The Clinton County Board of Supervisors approved Kinney’s report and recommendation to repair the berm to its original status.

The county will also work to repair a culvert on Y4E, just south of town. The flooding in June washed away a section of the overflow structure.

“If those old back walls weren’t still there, we would have lost more of the road,” Kinney said.

Since the damage occurred, the county placed a tube into the culvert as a quick patch. Kinney presented the three options of single, double or triple barrel culverts, at the approximate costs of $195,000, $265,000 and $320,000. The federal government would pay 80 percent and the county would pay 20 percent.

While a consultant recommended the triple box option, Kinney expressed concerns about maintenance issues connected with that option. Members of the district in attendance at the meeting also worried about erosion from their properties.

“The more the water you attract, the more erosion you’re going to have,” Kinney said.

Kinney asked that the property owners consider the options and call him with comments and questions. At the Nov. 12 meeting, he plans to present a resolution to amend the five-year plan.

The county also will spend less than $6,000 to remove sand washed into a ditch in drainage district 5, southwest of Grand Mound and north of Donahue. This beach sand washed into the ditch during the flooding in May. The board approved the low bid of $5,863 by A&S Excavating, LLC.

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