BG wrote about flooding on a section of the north segment of the Kenosha County bike trail. BG wrote, “Haven’t seen anything quite like the currently flooded stretch of paved, north side Kenosha County multi-use path/trail since the paving was done several years ago. I believe at that time draining improvements were done in conjunction with laying down asphalt. However, about 50-75 yards of the path have been under 4-6 inches of water about a quarter mile north of 12th Street (Highway E) for more than a week with no signs of abating.
“The flooding extends to the tree lines on either side of the trail making for a very difficult if not impossible detour on foot, especially for disabled trail users, parents pushing strollers, and only the more intrepid bicyclists will ride through the water, which easily submerses riders’ pedals and shoes.”
The large section of flooding seemed to be even longer, more on the order of about 100 yards. This was just north of Highway E on Friday, April 7. At that time the trail was likely to see heavy use over the weekend with the weather forecast predicting 62 degrees on Saturday and 69 on Sunday. Fix It would think that would bring out a lot of people to use the trail. Fix It contacted Kenosha County to ask if anything could be done about the flooding to ease the immediate conditions or to improve drainage.
Matthew Collins, director of parks for the Kenosha County Department of Public Works, wrote back about the area, “Drainage improvements have not been necessary since flooding has not been a continuous problem. The last time this area had a similar flooding occurrence was in the severe flash floods reported back in 2008. Over the last two weeks Kenosha County has received over five inches of rainfall, which created extreme conditions where the water is not able to drain along the shoulders of the bike path. The county is currently looking into potential solutions to manage stormwater within this area. Since this property is owned by We Energies, the county has to work with the property owner as well as neighbors on each side of the bike trail to ensure that solutions to manage stormwater on the bike path do not lead to unintended consequences to our neighbors or property owners.”
Fix It asked if there was any chance the county could affect a short-term remedy for the flooding in this section of the trail by pumping out the water. Collins responded, “Not at this time. Due to the large amounts of rainfall and close proximity to private property, the county cannot pump the water from the bike path. We will work with We Energies and county engineers to find a long-term solution to this issue. Signage has been placed on the trail entrance intersections of (Highway E) and (Highway A) to inform our users of the high waters along this section of trail.”
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