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Ask Mr. Answer Person: "What is being done with problems on Augusta Road?"

Posted: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 12:24 PM
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Jamie e-mails Mr. Answer Person: "Why has the county not unplugged the storm drain on Augusta Road?  The heavy amount of sand they applied all winter long washed into the storm drain this spring and it has been plugged since April. (For a while they had barricades around the storm drain and sand pile in front of it on the street but were later removed with out the problem being resolved).  Every time we get a moderate to heavy rain it backs up and makes a pond of Augusta Road.  This has caused the water to drain down River Rd and wash a large portion of the shoulder away. This making for a very dangerous drop-off right off of the asphalt on River Road. down a steep 50 foot embankment which now also has to be repaired."

Mr. Answer Person says: "The answer to your question is not as simple as it might seem.  Winneshiek County has already done work on Augusta Road and is scheduled to do more work.

But county officials are just as frustrated with the problem as you are.  First of all, if it were true the problems are caused by road salt/sand applied during the winter, why would there still be problems after spring is over and summer is in full force?  There is a lot of rainwater runoff from the very hilly subdivision, which is the overall cause of the flooding issues.

For a full explanation of what's happening in the subdivision, however, the best bet is to visit the County Engineer's Office in the Courthouse.

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