July 23, 2014

Water woes prompt meeting

By Suzanne Werre

Underwood’s city commissioners took an informal poll amongst themselves last Tuesday following an informational meeting with representatives of Moore Engineering (the firm that has proposed a water drainage plan for the city), the Falkirk Mining Company, Pam Link of the McLean County Commission, and representatives of the McLean County Water Resource Board.

Following late June’s 8-or-so inches of rain within a few days, with several homeowners finding themselves pumping water from their basements for several days, and the city having to pump water from the Repnow slough along Lincoln Ave. to get the overabundance of water into the natural drainage area through town, commissioners felt a renewed urgency to do something about the water problems that have been plaguing Underwood during "wet years."

When asked if the county would help with the water project, Lynn Oberg of the water resource board said it is unlikely, but possible.

"My recommendation is that you guys move ahead with the project," said Oberg. "The water board and commission could decide there is something they can do where they would come in with additional funds, but we need to look at what kind of project you have, (so we can decide) if we can go to the state and get more funding."



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