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New housing development on Schwartz Road causing flooding problems

Some homes owners next to a future Schwartz Road housing development are dealing with flooding and the owners say the developer hasn't done enough to solve the issue.

Posted: May 18, 2020 8:54 PM
Updated: May 19, 2020 10:22 AM

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - Homes along Schwartz Road are usually surrounded by fields, but one of these fields will be a new housing addition.

Residents near the Lakes At Woodfield were concerned about flooding before construction even began, but were assured the developers had a plan.

Now, Stan Urbine is finding water on his property.

"The concern is the water is backing up over here and the sub-pump in my basement is running constantly, off-and-on, and I’m getting concerned about getting water in my basement. So, I want the highway department or the planning department to do something about the drainage out here," Urbine said.

A retention pond in the front of the to-be neighborhood is filling too quickly, forcing it to be pumped out, but it's spilling over their small road and onto their property. Urbine says he’s had water all the way up to the garage and is concerned it might get into his house.

Urbine said, "Once we get homes built out here and streets built where it can’t absorb in that field and it comes in like it has the past couple of days, I’m afraid it’s going to be a real problem."

FOX 55 reached out to the Allen County Surveyor’s Office for an answer.

Their response was,  "the county highway department hasn’t been able to install a culvert to run under Schwartz Road yet, because of money."

Larry Weber, the Hydrologist/Office Manager for the county surveyor's office said, "That’s an Allen County Highway Department project. They bid that project earlier and the bids came in excessively high. They are re-bidding that project, bids are due this Friday and I think the completion date on the bid package, it has to be installed by July."

Urbine says the highway department isn’t even sure the plan will completely solve the issue.

"The highway department told me, yeah it’ll help, but they didn’t think that was the solution," Urbine explained. "It’ll definitely help with what’s going on, but it’s not going to be adequate for what we’re going to have for, like I said when all of these homes are built."

Weber explained that to help relieve some of the flooding, the builders have put in more pumps to divert some of the water elsewhere.

Now they just have to wait and see, but Urbine says he just wishes someone would actually listen to them.

Urbine said "If someone would sit down and talk to me and show me the detailed drawings and stuff like that of what is really going on out here. I think you can see where the bottlenecks are out here."

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