- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Dealing with storm water problems on Bismarck’s south side will require multiple projects and tens of millions of dollars, according to the city’s public works director.

Michelle Klose said she will present a plan to the City Commission next month to address the “very complex” issue.

“There is not one solution that fixes all the problems,” she said. “There must be multiple solutions to fix the multiple problems.”

Former City Commissioner Steve Schwab recently filed a complaint with the state Health Department, accusing the city of neglecting to address storm water problems and also sewer wastewater issues. His letter was signed by more than 40 residents.

City officials acknowledged that flooding is an ongoing concern but said they have had no complaints about sewage.

“We haven’t seen any factual basis to confirm any sanitary sewer overflow in the area,” Klose said.

Some residents told The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2awKmtl ) that they were not convinced it was just water collected around their homes after heavy rains.

“I don’t know what it was. It was just nasty,” said Russ Papke, a 20-year resident. “My dogs run into it. Kids get into it. That’s my major concern. It could just be dirty, but it looked like more than that.”

Klose said any problems reported by residents will be addressed “right away.”


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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