During the storm on Wednesday night June 23, residents on the 900 and 1000 blocks of Harvard were dismayed to see the street fill knee-deep with rainwater. After all, last summer, they’d suffered through the closure of their street as construction workers opened up the road and replaced pipes.
“I think we need to tell our village officials that their new sewer project at Harvard and Jackson didn’t work too well. Seems like too many people got soaked,” a resident with the online nickname of Piehead posted on the Web site Forest Park Forums.
But as it turns out, those pipes were not part of a new sewer system – they replaced a water main, says Katie Murphy of the Public Works department. In a recent story, the Review misidentified the project on Harvard as a new sewer line.
“That system brings in drinking water. And no sewer system anywhere could handle that rain – 1.5 inches every 15 minutes. It was unreal,” she said.
Murphy says municipalities rarely replace a sewer line completely. Instead, they repair and patch sewer lines when the street is already opened up, after evaluating the entire line with video cameras.