Tolono board considers floodprone area

TOLONO — Village officials this week discussed possible ways to solve a flooding problem where no storm sewer exists in the area of Third and Fourth streets between Marshall and Benham streets.

Engineer Larry Johnson of Foth Infrastructure and Environment said the most economical solution appears to be improving a swale between Marshall and Benham streets that would connect with a ditch on Benham Street. Johnson noted that the solution would allow all work to be done on a public right of way, unlike other solutions that would require obtaining easements on private property.

Johnson said the changes would cause more water to be directed to a ditch on the north side of Benham Street that flows east out of town. He said that "quite a bit of" southeast Tolono drains to the corner of Fifth and Benham streets.

Johnson said that the swale will be 6 to 8 inches deep and will be used with a 4-inch diameter drainage tile.

Preliminary estimates are that the project will cost less than $20,000.

"That problem down there, they (residents) have put up with it way too long," Trustee Tom Reese said.

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