Bridgeville works on ways to stop flooding in McLaughlin Run

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Bridgeville Borough council voted unanimously Monday night to send a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stating its intent to join with other municipalities damaged by recent flash floods, and request that the Corps begin a flood reduction study in the Chartiers Creek watershed.

The letter asks the Corps to focus on Robinson Run, McLaughlin Run, Millers Run, Painters Run and Campbells Run, all tributaries of Chartiers Creek.

"The Corps requires a study. They are the entity to do a multi-million-dollar project like this in multiple municipalities," Bridgeville borough manager Lori Collins said.

"You're on the right track here. This is how it starts," Fred Bigham, board chairman of the Chartiers Valley Flood Control Authority, said of the efforts by local municipalities including Bridgeville, Oakdale, Robinson and Carnegie to alleviate flooding in their communities.

While the study, and a subsequent project could take years to complete, Mr. Bigham offered officials some hope for relief from floods in Bridgeville's McLaughlin Run.

"Sediment has built up at the mouth of McLaughlin Run. The Chartiers Valley Flood Control Authority is going to remove the sediment," he said. "It will probably be done by the end of October, or definitely by the end of November."

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Bob Podurgiel, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com First Published October 14, 2013 7:09 PM


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