first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – There’s finally some light at the end of the pipe for the Flomar Drive storm drain problem that has lingered to some degree for decades.By the time the project is completed, nearly $1 million will be poured into the longstanding problem by the federal government and the county.In what could be the final funding piece in this long-term puzzle, the House of Representatives has included $95,000 for the project in the $30.5 billion appropriation for the Army Corps of Engineers and Energy Department. But it still awaits approval in the Senate.In addition, a company to design the project as soon as January should be hired, said Leon Yehuda, Whittier city engineer.“It is finally moving,” Yehuda said. “The next thing to do is start work.”A storm drain is needed to take water from Flomar as well as Carnell and Starbuck streets because the area tends to flood in heavy rains, Public Works Director David Mochizuki said.Now, there is just a culvert to take the water off the three streets. It goes behind the homes near the train tracks.But the drain is so small that when it rains, the water sometimes backs up onto Flomar Drive, Mochizuki said.“The water rises above curb levels and in some cases gets close to the homes,” he said.The new storm drain will be much larger, connect directly into the county system and won’t back up, Yehuda said.The project has been on the table for many years, but often met delays.Part of the holdup was caused by trying to determine which governmental agency would design and administer the contracts.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was supposed to design the project, but last week asked the city to do so because of having to deal with problems caused by Hurricane Katrina, Yehuda said.Now, Yehuda is waiting for the corps and the county Public Works Department to approve the paperwork requesting bids for the design contract.The county must approve the project because it will take over the drain once it’s completed, Yehuda said.Yehuda said he hopes that construction could start as early as the summer of 2006 and be completed before the next rainy season, he said.With the new federal money – included by Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea – in the bill, the project now most likely is fully funded, Yehuda said. [email protected](562)698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img

Help on way for Flomar Drive flooding problem

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