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Borough: Grant will help
address drainage issue



Water begins to rise on Millersburg’s State Street Sept. 23, 2011, eventually flooding the 700 and 800 blocks. (Sentinel file photo)

MILLERSBURG • Borough council, last week, announced the receipt of a grant to fund the relocation and expansion of the storm sewer system in the area of the Hillside Christian Fellowship Church on State Street.

The $70,600 grant likely will increase, council said in a news release. The project is officially called the State Street Storm Sewer Relocation Project.

Borough officials said that portion of State Street sustained substantial damage during the late summer floods in 2011.

Following the disaster declaration, Dauphin County was awarded several million dollars in disaster relief money, much of which was filtered to the municipalities through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief program.

Millersburg was awarded the grant to perform design work for the project. Council has awarded the contract for the work to Brinjac Engineering of Harrisburg, which previously completed a preliminary study of the drainage problem.

Dauphin County officials have informed council that Brinjac’s design work will fulfill the requirements necessary to receive additional funding for the actual construction to take place.

Borough officials said the 2011 flooding was the direct result of an under-sized storm sewer system.

‘‘A small stream flows from Witmer’s Pond near Rising Sun Road in Upper Paxton Twp.,’’ the borough said in a press release. ‘‘The stream enters a five-foot diameter pipe on the 800 block of Union Street. This pipe channels the stream and storm water to a catch basin on the northwestern corner of Hillside Christian Fellowship Church.

‘‘At this point in the system, three two-inch pipes channel the water downstream,’’ the borough said. ‘‘The smaller pipes have less than half the capacity of the larger pipe. During the 2011 flood, the additional flow overwhelmed the system and flooded Route 209 and a number of buildings, causing considerable damage.

‘‘This project will run a new five-foot diameter pipe running west on Union Street and south on East Street, bypassing the choke point in the system,’’ the borough explained. ‘‘According to preliminary studies, this will allow the system to handle larger flow volumes during high water events.’’


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