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Brookfield board discusses upgrades to village pumping system to help with flooding

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 6:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:47 p.m. CDT

BROOKFIELD – The village of Brookfield took steps toward implementing plans for upgrading the village's pump storage facility to help reduce flooding issues in Brookfield at their Feb. 20 Board of Trustees meeting.

The facility upgrades would help the village remove storm water during major flood events at estimated cost of between $975,000 and $2 million. 

“We’re looking at ways to pump the water out of flooded areas,” said Mark Lucas, principal for Hancock Engineering. “Hopefully, these pumps will reduce the frequency and duration of flooding.”

Lucas said Brookfield needs additional pump capacity than what it already has to help in reliving flooding during heavier storm events.

Derek Treichel, president for Hancock Engineering, said the pumps will take in 5,000 gallons of water per minute and would also include 120,000 gallons of storage capacity in underground piping and an additional 150,000 gallons of of storage capacity in a dry detention pond. 

Dry detention ponds are designed to temporarily hold water during storm events. 

The project stems from the Intersection Drainage Study, which was conducted by Hancock Engineering last year. Flooding conditions at Prairie and Washington avenues were the main focus of the study. 

“Since 2008, numerous storm events have caused both internal and overbank flooding in Brookfield,” said Lucas. “The level of water in [Salt Creek] rises up and shuts off the storm sewer outlets.”

Lucas said the next step will be to present a design of the pumping station to Brookfield’s Board of Trustees and to come up with an engineering agreement plan.

He added the village will be looking at a multitude of funding options and grant opportunities to help with the project's cost.

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