Flood re­lief de­pends on devel­op­ment, of­fi­cials say

Up­per Ma­cungie can’t fix the prob­lem, area res­i­dents told.

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kevin Duffy

The pe­ri­odic flood­ing that has plagued Church Street in Fo­gelsville will not end un­til nearby farm­land is de­vel­oped, Up­per Ma­cungie Town­ship of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

Su­per­vi­sors Chair­man James Brunell told res­i­dents who live be­tween Church and Main streets near St. John’s Lutheran Church and St. John’s UCC Church that stormwa­ter over­whelms a faulty pipe be­neath an al­ley that is on pri­vate prop­erty and not main­tained by the town­ship.

Brunell said en­gi­neers re­cently vis­ited the site and de­ter­mined that in­creas­ing the flow would cause the pipe to breach.

Brunell also said that re­plac­ing the pipe with a larger one would re­quire the per­mis­sion of res­i­dents re­sid­ing down­stream from the prob­lem area.

Brunell said the prob­lem will only be solved when a 30-acre par­cel of farm­land north of the area owned by David Jaindl is even­tu­ally de­vel­oped. At that point, stormwa­ter con­trols will be man­dated by the state.

“I don’t think [the town­ship is] go­ing to solve that prob­lem,” he said.

There is no land devel­op­ment plan sub­mit­ted to the town­ship for the par­cel, Plan­ning and Zon­ing Di­rec­tor Daren Mar­tocci said.

He said the storm sewer in­fra­struc­ture in­stalled many years ago be­neath the al­ley, which runs from Church to Main streets be­tween res­i­den­tial homes, would be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the home­own­ers to fix.

“We don’t plow it and we don’t main­tain it,” he said.

Kevin Duffy is a free­lance writer.

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