Left: Harvest at Ariel in West Toledo; photo by historymike
(Toledo, OH) Heavy rains and thunderstorms roared through Northwest Ohio this afternoon, and residents in Toledo are beginning to lose count of the number of times basements and streets have flooded.
In my neighborhood Harvest Lane - which has never been known as a street prone to flooding in the past - has become impassable on at least four occasions this year.
Harvest is in the middle of a major drainage improvement project that was completed last summer on Tifft Ditch. Since that time, however, my neighborhood has become much more prone to flooding.
Getting a sewer or sanitation engineer to admit that their plans are responsible for the new backups, of course, would be impossible, but in my unscientific poll of Harvest Lane residents there is a consensus that SOMETHING is different this year.
While the rain was heavy today, we have received less than two inches of precipitation - hardly the "100-year storm" that city officials like to blame for flooding. Frankly, this wasn't even a 1-year storm, and yet Harvest is impassable in four separate locations as I write.
Dear Toledo politicians: with $450 million to play with in the Waterways Initiative, we expect that you fix our sewers.