Updated: $40,000 Paradise Drainage Study Underway

The study summary outlines activities this year and early 2013.

(See the study summary at the bottom.)

A lower Paradise Road drainage study is underway as the engineering contractor measures stormwater flow and collects video of drainage pipe conditions.

The study and a solution can come none too soon for residents who live nearby and regularly combat flood water to protect their homes.

On Tuesday, crews from Kleinfelder engineering were collecting video of the 36-inch drainage pipe below Paradise Road near the intersection with Swampscott Avenue, said DPW Director Gino Cresta.

They are collecting video from other locations in the network of drainage pipes.

Also, for the past five to six weeks, underground meters have been collecting information about the flow of stormwater piped from that section of Paradise Road to King's Beach where it empties into the harbor and ocean, the DPW director said.

The director hopes the engineering firm will have a recommendation for the town by late winter/early spring.

The drainage investigation should glean information on whether or not pipes are cracked or broken and whether there is silt inside of them and whether their size is adequate.

Town Meeting approved $40,000 for the study last spring and residents plagued by flooding clamored at a selectmen's meeting earlier this fall for the study to get underway.

Selectmen urged the town administrator to move on the study.

Below is a summary of the ongoing drainage study for lower Paradise Road.

The following activities of the scope will be completed this year:


1.       Physical inspection of the drainage culvert between Paradise Road and Banks Circle. Started Tuesday 12/4.

2.       Complete necessary field work to verify GIS mapping of drainage records.

3.       Develop physical model elements in XP-SWMM in preparation for calibration, but do not perform any model runs.


The following activities will be completed next year (late winter/early spring) prior to Annual Town Meeting:

1.       Finish flow metering

2.       Calibration hydraulic model

3.       Run up to three (3) test scenarios of the model

4.       Prepare a report summarizing possible alternatives to alleviate flood issues within the Lower Paradise Road area.


David Arsenault December 06, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I was home that day, Victoria stated that the 12" pipes on 1A did not tie into the town 36" pipe. Time for the town to push the MA DPH to lay a large drain pipe on the south bound side of paradise rd. In the meantime the town should replace the 12" Pipe connecting the two 36" pipes, Problem fixed. The same video inspection was done last year here.
Dano December 06, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Good job DPW. I look forward to the future improvements. The question is what will David Arsenault talk about once it is fixed?
David Arsenault December 06, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Dano/ Jerry Crowbar/DaveArsenault's Basement, What makes you think it will be fixed? This is the second video inspection in the past 18 months of the same pipes. Is this another smoke show, I'll believe when the State lays a new line.
thomas December 07, 2012 at 04:06 PM
David as a resident in the affected area I applaud you and hope you continue to speak out.The people who speak out against you obviously have no idea how frustrating it is to be paying one of the highest tax rates in the state and essentially be living with a third rate drainage system that is a iminent threat to our quality of life.Until the town actually physically corrects something thats been ongoing for years I would reserve any plaudits for their efforts.Fortunately I think the majority of the town appreciates our situation as evidenced by town meetings vote to fund the study.Your critics however should just hold their opinions to themselves as they obviously have no idea what may be a joke to them has been very frustrating for many of us.
Dano December 07, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Mr. Thomas, The main issue is that the flooding issue is talked about on every patch comment section for every article. It is hard to take someone seriously when they speak out of turn as much as Mr. Arsenault does.. I do feel bad for him and in my previous posts I have made recommendations to him on how he may be able to fight the issue. I truly don't think the Town is evil, I think that funding has been a large obstacle in regards to drainage and sewerage improvements. It appears to have gained enough attention to become funded at this point which is great news. It is always important to get corrective criticism and I thank you for your concern. I hope you have a nice holiday season.
David Arsenault December 07, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Why didn't you sign in as Jerry crowbar or Dave Arsenault's Basement this time?
Dano December 07, 2012 at 08:03 PM
That’s not me David. I assume those are other residents.
David Arsenault December 07, 2012 at 09:20 PM
If that's So they should be posting here as well, they seem to follow your lead. Funny how that works.
Dave Arsenault's Basement December 08, 2012 at 04:20 AM
don't sweat it, Dano... you and Steve are welcone down here, any time (despite what Dave says) it's damp down here, and i'm lonely. dave spends all his time on the computer complaining, and i never see him anymore
pamela boucher December 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM
hey dave can i visit you
David Arsenault December 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Sorry bad time, Just had surgery last Tue. I'm on facebook if you want to message.


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