$3 million in storm water work planned in Hudson

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- Since a fatal flood in 2003, the city has spent nearly $3.7 million on storm water improvement projects, with plans to spend $3 million more over the next five years.

Historic storms dropped 17 inches of rain on Hudson within a 24-hour period in July 2003. Two people were killed when storm water flooded the basement/garage area in a condominium complex on Atterbury Boulevard.

Since then, the city has cleaned the Brandywine Creek tributary, built detention basins, lined storm sewers and replaced culverts, among other storm water improvements.

"I'm astonished how much the city has done since 2003," said City Engineer Thom Sheridan, hired by the city five years ago.

"Storm water doesn't go away," he added. "There's more work to do, but it's a better situation now for the city to take on a 100-year storm."

Some of the future projects include watershed studies, replacing storm water outlets, increasing the size of flooding culverts and ditch improvements.

The largest of the projects is the $1.4 million Willows Pond project on Hudson Drive north of Terex Road. The city plans to build a detention pond in southwest Hudson to control downstream flooding in the Mud Brook watershed.

Funding for storm water projects comes from an income tax increase approved by voters in 2004.

The work so far has controlled and reduced flood, particularly in February when rainfall and snow can combine to create flooding situations, Sheridan said.

While City Council members said they would like a specific schedule for projects, Sheridan said the involvement of the EPA and U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers creates "red tape" and makes projects difficult to schedule.

Council will have to approve any projects more than $25,000. The budget and forecast serve as a placeholder for the funds.

Watershed management

Three watersheds are in Hudson. The 2003 flooding impacted all of them.

The Mudbrook watershed is 10.6 square miles in southwest Hudson and is called the "Great Hudson Swamp" on maps. The U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers has proposed 10 significant improvements.

The city has spent about $600,000 on storm water projects in the Mudbrook watershed and plans to spend $1.9 million more over the next five years

The Brandywine Creek watershed is 7.9 square miles in the central and northwestern portion of Hudson. Because most of the 2003 flood damage occurred in the Brandywine Creek watershed, the city has spent $2.6 million on storm water improvements there since 2003, with about $1 million more planned.

In addition, the city will work with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to replace bridges and on regional pond development in the Brandywine Creek area, with $108,000 in proposed funding from NEORSD.

Tinker's Creek watershed is 7.2 square miles in northeast Hudson. The city has spent almost $500,000 on storm water projects there since 2003 and plans to spend $246,000 more in the next five years.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

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