If residents don't see Collier public works employees tending to their regular duties such as grass cutting as often in upcoming weeks, it's because they're correcting flooding problems.
The heavy rains that have showered the area for the past month have taken their toll, especially in hilly sections where drainage has become a problem because older pipes have insufficient capacity.
Collier officials indicated Aug. 14 that repairs to township easements, culverts and roads due to storm damage are a top priority.
"Some [other] things will have to be delayed because we have to take care of remediation," said Robert Schuler, president of the commissioners. "These have more urgency."
Officials have a map of all of the detention ponds in Collier, Mr. Schuler said. Some of the ponds belong to the township, some belong to developers and some are owned by homeowners' associations.
A number of residents showed up at the meeting with flooding complaints. Most of the complaints are coming from the northeastern section of the township.
One house has been condemned because of the heavy July 10 storm. Chip Misner of Dorothy Street reported he had 18 inches of water in his basement and garage.
"I literally had a river running through my yard," Eric Brandebura of Colecrest Street said. He added that his yard is now filled with debris such as rocks and chunks of cement.
Some residents blamed the Prestley Heights housing development that straddles the Carnegie/Collier border for the flooding problems.
Collier solicitor Charles Means said the developer's bond money could be used to pay for repair work.
Deteriorating and undersized pipe as well as heavy rains aren't the only contributors to recent flooding. Soil in this area is clay-based, which means it doesn't absorb water as readily, Mr. Schuler noted later.
Township manager Sal Sirabella thanked township officials, employees and fire departments for their cooperation in cleaning up after the July 10 deluge.
"It was very difficult to coordinate, but everyone worked together," he said.
Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: email@example.com.