Scott considers flood map ordinance

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Scott officials plan to vote Tuesday on the adoption of a flood map ordinance, even as residents continue to complain about the most recent flooding from a June 28 storm that dumped more than an inch of rain in the area in about an hour.

"I am getting tired of getting flooded," said Beth Tomasovic of Berkwood Drive, who was hard hit both last summer and this summer. Besides damage to her home, she lost two cars in the floods.

Now a number of her neighbors are putting in additional drainage and pipes that she fears will make her property even more vulnerable.

Township engineer Larry Lennon wasn't certain that increased piping would result in more water at her house, but he said he would check out the situation, and board Chairman David Jason said the pipe capacity isn't big enough to handle a large influx of water.

"We want to help you, but it's the cost [estimated at $1.3 million]. I know that's no consolation," he told Ms. Tomasovic.

However, he added that the board is looking into correcting some of the identified flooding problems with tax money.

Madeline Paul, a 56-year township resident, said a fire chief rescued her this summer after she suffered a bleeding wound in her basement on Orchard Spring Road.

Pointing out insurance carriers deny flooding claims, she supports a $100 tax hike to deal with flooded areas.

Commissioner Bill Wells pointed out that such a tax hike would amount to 26 cents a day.

And Katherine Allen of Idlewood Avenue said her property has been flooded 16 times over the years. The June 28 flood "wiped out everything I had done in 2013," she said, adding that the losses include a brand new washer and dryer that she had never used.

In other business, officials expressed interest in setting up a senior center.

Money for such a venture is not available from the state, so Mr. Jason hopes to find a wealthy private individual to fund the project. Commissioners Bill Wells and Tom Castello expressed interest in such a project, too.

Also, Mr. Jason brought up the possible establishment of a junior commissioner program such as Mt. Lebanon has.

"I think it would be a great way for seniors and juniors at Chartiers Valley High School to see what we do," he said, adding he plans to explore the matter further.

An outline of how the program would work is needed, too, Mr. Wells said.

Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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