NEWTON GROVE — Mayor Gerald Darden and the Board of Commissioners are looking into a possible study for Weeksdale Street, which suffered damage from flooding after Hurricane Matthew.
The matter was discussed during a Monday evening meeting. Darden reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would like for the town to conduct a Hydrological & Hydraulic Study (H&H Study) for the street. An H&H study will examine if the environment could handle the town’s request to add another 36 inch tile next to an existing one. Other suggestions may also be offered.
Weeksdale is accessible, but officials would like to improve the street by adding an additional tile. The culverts are designed to become a tunnel for water under or next to a road.
The estimated cost of the study is more than $12,000. If the town receives approval, FEMA will pay for it and other improvements. If not, the town will be responsible for costs and still have to come up with a solution.
“That’s the gamble we’re going to have to make,” Darden said.
Commissioners questioned why officials would deny requests if a study called for it.
“If this H&H study says put one 36-inch tile there and you’re good, then that what (FEMA) will do and pay for the study,” said commissioner Cody Smith.
Before moving forward, Darden and commissioners would like to receive more clarification about the request. Through an unanimous vote, a consensus was made among commissioners to move forward if FEMA was not going to pay for it.
Commissioners previously discussed road issues because of Hurricane Matthew and following rainstorms. One of the heavily discussed area included West Grove and Church streets. During that discussion in February, it was suggested that a study should be conducted for those streets as well.
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