Comprehensive Drainage Study Approved by Selectmen

The study will still need approval at Town Meeting.

The Selectmen supported plans by Town Administrator Thomas Younger and Department ofDirector Gino Cresta to solicit bids to do a townwide "comprehensive" study of storm water drainage issues.

Swampscott suffers from widespread flooding from inadequate storm water drainage.

Cresta said the town has invested about $6 million, much of it from low interest federal and state loans, in improving the town water lines. But it has not devoted much investment to the sewer system or the storm water drainage system. 

Selectman Barry Greenfield urged the approval of a study, saying the town has to know the extent of the problems in the underground infrastructure before it can decide how it will fix it.

"We have to understand the problem before we can do something about it," Selectman Jill Sullivan said. "The recommended fix may be over 10 years." 

Younger said he and Cresta would develop a proposal for bids in the next month and bring it back to the Selectmen for approval. 

The study would have to be approved by Town Meeting next spring, Younger said.

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Liz September 07, 2012 at 11:53 AM
David Arsenault September 07, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Nothing to be happy about, 10yrs = 8 floods in my hood. Two neighbors are pretty much bankrupt form the last 6 floods in the past 8yrs on my watch of living in this floodhole. Time to start building walls around your house.This is just a move to keep Us quiet. No reason why after a study it should take even 5yrs never mind >10. If Jill sullivan's house was being flooded every year this would be done in 3yrs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sharyn Rogers September 08, 2012 at 06:39 AM
No, David-were any Town official hit as hard as we have been over the years you can be VERY certain the problem would have been solved after the first flood. The lower Banks Road/Farragut Road area are below sea level. Over the years I have seen many floods but none as devastating as the one last October which introduced a 4 foot deep lake into my basement causing furniture, appliances, furnaces and other stored items to float around like so much detrius.
Bridget Russo September 08, 2012 at 03:50 PM
2 x/yr over a foot of water in basement and black mold everywhere for 8 years. So glad I lost my house - blessing in disguise.
Humphrey Street September 11, 2012 at 12:42 AM
We had $20k in damages from the October flood last year on Humphrey St. 3' of blackwater (sewage and rain) in our basement...destroyed everything we had down there, wrecked the boiler and we had only been living here for 4 months. I think a lot of it comes down to the fact that the system is so old and little or no maintenance is ever done as far as I can tell. Storm drains are always full of trash or debris from the police station construction and when I call the DPW, they do nothing so I have to clear them myself. The town should be careful because there comes a point in which we the taxpayer being taking on enormous risk if a class action lawsuit is ever brought forth by a group of neighbors and this issue effects many.


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