“We are grateful to the district for assisting us with the design and permitting process in replacing the 3 deteriorating corrugated metal culverts under Lake Sawyer Road with a new box culvert. This grant will put us well along the way to fix this creek passage,” said Black Diamond Mayor Carol Benson. “We will continue to look for funding for the construction work rather than try and rehabilitate the existing culverts.”
Often, flooding in the absence of heavy rain indicates blockages in the storm drains, Jones said. When Public Works crews took a look at storm water drains throughout the city, they found aging and deteriorating pipes in need of repair and replacement.
He indicated the metal sea walls that edged up to his property, just to the north of where the pipe pointed out toward Cook Inlet. He and his neighbor built the sea walls to protect their homes from erosion, he said, because when high water courses through the Kalifornsky Beach area, the ground becomes marshy with groundwater. During an earthquake, the bluff “turns to soup,” he said. Added to the more than two feet of erosion from Cook Inlet every year, the sea walls that line the entire bluff make sense.
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