North Fayette residents discuss flooding issues

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North Fayette officials and residents on Tuesday discussed ongoing flooding issues.

Township officials have been meeting with federal, state and county officials, as well as other municipalities, to consider flooding solutions from Carnegie to North Fayette to McDonald and beyond, Supervisor James R. Mangan said.

“Something comprehensively has to be done,” he said.

Some residents of the Noblestown village district said they have been flooded more often in recent years.

Debbie Valentino of Short Street blamed flooding on water runoff from the housing development called The Preserves.

“I have been asking for working retention ponds since that plan was built,” she said.

The Preserves — initially a Ryan Homes plan on the property of George Wagner — contains about 75 single-family homes, plus carriage homes under construction, according to the community’s Facebook page.

The township plans to take over ownership of four retention ponds in The Preserves and make minor improvements to them at a cost of about $1,000 to $1,500 each, engineer Kevin Brett said.

“It will help the situation,” Mr. Brett said. “It’s not going to solve what’s being shown [in Noblestown]. That is a watershed-wide issue, and the township has multiple issues similar.”

He said township and county storm water requirements have been updated since the developer’s original plan was approved years ago.

 The township has a plan to improve nearly 70 storm water retention ponds in flood-prone areas throughout the township, Mr. Brett said.

In other business, the Hankey Farms swimming pool in North Fayette could have new heaters as early as Friday.

The township is spending about $9,000 for two electric heat pumps.

The pool has been open since Memorial Day weekend despite cool water due to a broken heating system.

North Fayette police took advantage of the water temperature by taking part in a “cold water challenge” for charity last weekend, Chief Mark O’Donnell said.

Some officers jumped into the cool pool, raising $300 for the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Imperial and $300 for North Fayette's special needs program called PALS — Providing Assistance, Love and Support.

Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:

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