Crews work to fix flooding problems after ABC57 investigative report
BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- Two days after a report from ABC57 news, road crews in Berrien County were working to help alleviate the problem. The issues in the Willo Valley neighborhood, off of Red Bud Trail, are two fold. There was a culvert that failed during the floods in February and there is a drainage ditch that has not been maintained for decades.
Thursday, a crew with the road department installed a new 15 inch pipe to carry the water under Willo Drive.
"At this point, we're hoping this new culvert will last 40 to 50 years." Jason Latham, Director of the Berrien County Road Department, said.
Latham says the flooding earlier in the year caused many culverts to fail. New pipes have been on back order.
"Now they're in and we're getting things in as we can." He said.
The other issue is where that culvert directs the storm water runoff. The drainage ditch that runs to a Lemon Creek is overgrown and needs to be dredged. Several complaints about the ditch were made to the Drain Commission. And while the ditch is a right-of-way that is supposed to be maintained by the road department, the Drain Commission assumed it was private property. It wasn't until ABC57 discovered that it was indeed county property that the information was passed along to the road department.
Latham says he is in the process of getting the drainage ditch signed over to the Drain Commission so they can properly maintain it. That process could take a couple of months.
The previous story is below.