City stems water works

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – This city was built on hills and has three creeks meandering through it. While that makes for great scenery and good, tough terrain for bike riders, it could pose problems for an aging storm-drain system. It’s one reason that La Mirada city officials want to fund part of a $500,000 study of the system that will pinpoint its strong and weak spots and provide a master plan. “If you can’t properly drain at the bottom of the hills, it could be a problem if the storm drains were to deteriorate, collapse and not be able to discharge water into the creeks,” said Steve Forster, La Mirada’s public works director. “If the storm drain systems were to fail, the water wouldn’t continue to flow out, but would fill up like in a bowl,” Forster said. For now, only a few areas in the city have flooding problems. Those include Las Flores Avenue near Creek Park, the intersections of Valley View Avenue and Artesia Boulevard and Beach Boulevard, and Rosecrans Avenue and along Stage Road, Forster said. Many parts of the storm drain system are 50 years old. “Because of changing standards, our storm drains may be deteriorating. We need to see if they’re adequate in size to accommodate today’s standards,” Forster said. “A master plan will determine what we need to do.” Officials could then determine what must be replaced or fixed, he said. “We won’t know \ until we get the study,” Forster said. “We’ve speculated it could be about $5 million, but that’s totally speculation.” The study itself is expected to cost $500,000 and will be performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Half the cost would be paid by the city and the Army would pay the rest. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, has helped the city secure $125,000, half of its share. The money is in the energy and water appropriations bill recently signed into law. “Funding this project is a key step in improving La Mirada’s flood control system – not only for the benefit of La Mirada residents, but also for the thousands of residents of other communities living near the city’s creeks, channels and outdated flood control system,” Sanchez said. Los Angeles County may chip in for the study, since it owns some of the storm drains in La Mirada, said Ken Pelman, spokesman for the county Public Works Department. Before that happens the city and county must agree on a concept of preventing polluted water going into the storm- drain system, Pelman said. “We’re trying to look for ways to keep our storm drains clear of litter,” he said. Once improvements were made, Pelman said, the county also might be willing to take over the newly improved storm drains. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img

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