Late afternoon on March 8, 2008 Mud Creek is over the banks and will still rise higher before all is said and done. The bottom rung of the playhouse ladder is approximately 8 inches off the ground and the water was just under the rung around 9:30 p.m. that evening.
Another picture from Royal Brook Lane taken late afternoon on March 8, 2008. In the background you can see Consumer Square. Melting snow and stormwater run-off from Commercial Drive contribute to the major flooding these residents experience every spring.
Picture taken on March 9, 2008 - the day after the flooding. Temperatures plummeted and the residents were left with a sheet of ice covering their backyard.
Again, taken the day after the flooding. You will notice that the water that was about 8 inches deep froze creating almost 8 inches of ice in this backyard.
The day after...notice that the creek is still well above normal and fast-flowing.
This picture was taken in the same spot on a beautiful sunny day last Fall. Notice how high the bank of Mud Creek is and imagine how much water it would take before the creek even overflows to say nothing of how much water to flood the backyards and basements of the residents on Royal Brook Lane.
Obviously, this is only one area in town that desperately needs to be addressed. The March 25, 2008 Observer Dispatch had several articles on the stormwater debacle in the Town of New Hartford...a year after the approval for the $2 million bond to fix stormwater problems.
According to one of the articles, Town Planner Kurt Schwenzfeir was quoted as saying... “But obviously small projects that can only address so much,” Schwenzfeir said. “Administration changes and priorities change.” Concerned Citizens suggests that perhaps it is time that this administration get their priorities in order...fixing problems for residents that were created by developers should be Priority No. 1...residents shouldn't be required to pay to fix problems for developers.
According to the one of today's Observer Dispatch articles:
In the early 1990s, the town bonded to fix the issue, but only a part of that money was spent, officials said.Obviously, the town officials were misquoted...what it should have said was that all the money from that bond was spent, but only a part of the money was spent for actual stormwater solutions...the rest was used for other things like stormwater studies, piping ditches and overtime pay for the Highway Dept.
If you have stormwater problems or just have an opinion, we now have a new poll on the menu at the left. Let us know what you think...who will get their stormwater problems fixed with the $2 million stormwater bond in the Town of New Hartford?