Heavy rain leads to flooding

Heavy rain leads to flooding

Four inches of rain fell in Champaign between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday, said Public Works Director Dennis Schmidt.

By 11 a.m., most of the flooding had receded on the Phinney Branch and Copper Slough, but the viaduct at Washington remained a big problem, he said.

“The trend now is mostly in basements and low areas,” said Schmidt, who had to work on his own street. Crescent Drive.

Probably the deepest area of flooding was the Healey Street Detention Basin, which had 40 feet of water — because the system was working.

In the past, Green and Springfield streets near the University of Illinois campus were among the hardest hit by heavy rains, but improvements in engineering there including the basin and park improvements handling the flow, Schmidt said.

“All the Boneyard improvements worked perfectly,” he said.

Not so north of University, Schmidt added. “We’re still having problems there,” notably at the Washington Street viaduct and the intersection of Market and Columbia.The intersection of Bradley Avenue and McKinley Street was still deeply flooded after 3 p.m.    The intersection of Bradley Avenue and Market Street was also still a problem more than two hours after the rain stopped.

The area needs engineering improvements and studies have begun. The public works department intends to “have a conversation with the council” about beginning the work in 2016, he said.

There were 17 workers and two dispatchers called in for Champaign, and Schmidt himself was out cleaning out obstructions with his wife Margie by 6 a.m..


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lyons wrote on July 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Flooding has been a constant problem in the Champaign area for years. So when are the city fathers going t wake up and start fixng the problem?


JRR wrote on July 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Apparently you are oblivious to the Healey Street detention basin that's done a remarkable job at containing flood waters since it was built around a decade ago. I think you are a bit late at realizing that the city fathers HAVE woken up and started to fix the problem.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on July 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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In fact, it's been at least 15 years. I distinctly remember lying on that grassy hillside with a young lady. I happen to know the year was 1999.


Oh, those were the days ...

welive wrote on July 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm

wait what are you saying that when 4 inches of rain falls in a couple of hours it floods



Orbiter wrote on July 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I noted that the Springfield viaduct was clear of water after all the rain, and that the 2nd street "boneyard pond" was almost completely filled.  Very nice to see that the city engineers and planners have made improvements that worked perfectly this summer!  Thanks to all.