Tolono expands drainage study

Tolono expands drainage study

TOLONO — The village board has decided to expand the scope of a drainage feasibility study.

Board members heard from engineer Larry Johnson of Foth Infrastructure and Environment on possible solutions to a problem with standing water in the area of Marshall and Fourth streets, where no storm sewer exists.

Johnson said it appears that about 2 or 3 acres of property drain down East Marshall Street to a resident's backyard and that when it gets deep enough, it overflows, and the water continues south.

"Trying to fix this kind of backyard drainage problem is not easy," Johnson said.

A sanitary sewer pump station in the Third Street area has been flooding.

"If you think about it, we're treating stormwater," Village President Jeff Holt said.

Holt said he was inclined to want to fix homeowners' drainage problems in the "whole area."

"It's almost like these people become a retention pond," Holt said.

Trustees asked Johnson to expand the study area to include the area around Marshall and Third streets.

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