Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 1999

Rain runoff from hill ruins the foundation of local home

November 24, 1999

A River Street resident elaborated Monday night for Tonganoxie City Council members about drainage problems on her property.

Gladys Walters, 609 River St., lives at the bottom of a hill and said the runoff from Sixth, Seventh and Eighth streets drains into her yard.

Walters said the water has ruined her foundation, which would cost $18,000 to $20,000 to repair.

"My house is barely worth that much by itself," she said.

Walters asked council members what the city could do to help her.

"It looks like a pond when it rains," Walters said, as Monday night's rain fell outside.

"It really is a severe problem. It has washed my top soil away which makes it look like heck," she added.

Ray Usher, council member, mentioned that the ditches were not maintained.

Kathy Graveman, council member, suggested the city study the feasibility of putting in ditches.

The city will ask Butch Rodgers, maintenance superintendent, to look at the situation in Walters' yard and to report back the city council.

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