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Total rainfall here 2.59 inches

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More than two and half inches of rain fell on Duneland in the 24 hours between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. today.

Fully 2.59 inches were recorded at the Chesterton wastewater treatment plant on League Lane, forcing the diversion of roughly 600,000 gallons of runoff-diluted wastewater into the plant’s 1.2-million gallon storage basin, Chief Operator Bill Williams told the Chesterton Tribune today.

That 50-percent usage of the basin may be the highest since it was commissioned into service late in 2015.

Almost all of that rain fell in the six hours between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. today, and it fell in five waves: at approximately 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 11:30 p.m., and 12:45 a.m.

Local flooding did occur, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg noted--in the usual places, along Broadway between Ninth and 12th streets, for instance, and on Grace Lane in the Westchester South subdivision--but it was short-lasted.

“We did have streets flooding but the storm came in waves,” Schnadenberg said. “After each wave, the storm drains had the chance to catch up with themselves.”

The alley behind Val’s Famous Pizza at Broadway and 11th Street--the lowest area in town--did fill up briefly with water, Schnadenberg added, but the stormwater lift station installed there several years ago had it “pumped down in 20 or 25 minutes.”

What flooding there was probably would have been significantly worse had not Schnadenberg dispatched a crew last week to remove leaf litter, brush, and trash from the tops of storm drains. Last night’s runoff, however, probably flowed a new layer of debris onto the drains, so a crew was being tasked today to do the job all over again, Schnadenberg said.

The only other notable effect of Tuesday’s storm--and Schnadenberg isn’t entirely sure that it was the storm’s doing--was the malfunction of the traffic signal at Indian Boundary Road and Plaza Drive. For an unknown reason some glitch in the device caused it to “trip into flash mode” at 10:15 p.m., Schnadenberg said, but a Midwest Electric technician responded to the scene and had it fixed in short order.

The Chesterton Fire Department, for its part, reported no storm-related problems this morning.




Posted 3/1/2017




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