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.
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
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.