Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:50

Severe Flooding Affects Malta Commuters

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MALTA — Multiple neighborhoods in the town of Malta, located almost three miles west of Luther Forest Technology Campus, have been struggling with severe flooding in recent years. So much flooding, according to one resident of Fox Wander West Neighborhood Association, that school buses have been re-routed.

“It looked like a river,” said Mary Mahoney who lives on Arrow Wood Place, just one of the neighborhoods that were affected by the flooding. She says this happens a couple of times a year. However, on Feb. 8 it was the worst it has ever been. She’s lived at her home in Malta for over 30 years.

Most residents of the Fox Wander West neighborhood also have “little lakes” at the bottom of their driveways due to the neighborhoods design. “The road crests highest in the center, which is obviously a good thing and our houses are all built on a little tiny hill so the driveways go up so what we end up with is a lake at the bottom of all our driveways,” Mahoney said.

Typically the flooding occurs after snow, when temperatures rise and the snow melts, and the freezing temperatures return again. 

According to Malta Supervisor Darren O’Connor, the soil in and around Luther Forest is generally good for drainage, because it is mostly sand.

“The problem is in the winter, it doesn’t drain and we have this recurring problem, O’Connor said.

“The day I went over there, there were two very significant collections of water on the road that were impairing even just passage through the roads; it was a definite problem,” he added.

On Friday, Malta Highway Department employees successfully pumped the water out over the course of 12 hours on three streets, Arrow Wood Place, Thimbleberry Road and Wineberry Lane.

“So we're on it and we're dealing with it… In terms of a longer-term permanent fix, I mean its something that the town board kind of has to address because it is a lot of money but we're very concerned about it,” O’Connor said.

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