Oakdale flooding control project to start

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State and local officials hope that one week of work at a cost of about $50,000 will go a long way to mitigate flooding that has plagued Oakdale for decades.

State Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, announced Thursday that a contractor hired by PennDOT will clear debris and sediment from under bridges on Noblestown Road and Clinton and Union avenues that cross near the confluence of North Branch and Robinson Run. Mr. Smith has been working with local officials since storms caused extensive flooding in the Oakdale area July 10.

Oakdale council told residents about the work at a meeting Thursday night.

Allison Park Contractors will begin removing debris today, said Dan Cessna, District 11 executive for the state Department of Transportation. "We certainly believe the debris removal and stream bed restoration will definitely make a major improvement in that area."

Mr. Smith praised what he called a collaborative effort among state and local officials. "We have been in regular communication with borough officials through the cleanup process," he said, "but we need to make sure the next phase, the rebuilding, is a lasting solution. This is a very important initial step toward that end."

Oakdale Mayor Paul Hennemuth said the community has made more progress on the flooding problem in the past two months than it had in the previous 50 years.

The work is expected to cause only minor traffic delays when trucks are arriving or leaving the work site, Mr. Cessna said.

The July storms caused problems in many communities and resulted in disaster assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration in Allegheny and surrounding counties.

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Ed Blazina: eblazina@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1470.


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