City official explains the problem of ponding at two Nevada corners

Marlys Barker
City official explains the problem of ponding at two Nevada corners

With the first snowstorm of the season having just pounded us, it’s hard to believe that just a few short weeks ago, we were being pounded by warm fall rains and such a heavy downpour that it caused serious ponding at the Nevada intersection of Eighth Street and Lincoln Highway.

Michael Neal, Nevada’s public works director and waste water treatment plant superintendent, was asked about the serious ponding, which was captured by a resident in a photograph and discussed by people on Facebook.

“When Lincolnway was resurfaced many years ago, several storm water intakes were rebuilt,” Neal said. “The way they are configured and pipe size make it difficult for large debris to flow through some of these intakes, which results in a blockage and the subsequent ponding.”

Neal said there are two areas on Lincoln Highway that experience these issues. The other is at Second Street. The experiece of city staff, Neal explained, has been that the main reason these two areas suffer ponding is because of blocking from the inability of the intakes to pass large objects, specifically drink containers, such as pop bottles, coffee cups and soda fountain cups. “These items are regularly found in the intakes and in downstream piping and more often than not, are responsible for the problems,” Neal said.

As most can guess, Neal said these area’s proximity to convenience stores is probably a contributing factor. “Of course the stores aren’t to blame, it is the carelessness of some patrons that contribute to these issues,” Neal said.

Corrective measures for these two areas will require replacement of intakes and resizing much of the storm water piping that serves those areas. “The long-term plan for the complete reconstruction of Lincolnway will address storm water infrastructure,” Neal said.