Flooding causes frustration for neighbors on Eau Claire’s north side

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- The Chippewa Valley saw more than an inch and a half of rain Monday night, washing out city streets and leading to severe flooding in some places.

This latest storm has neighbors on the north side of Eau Claire wanting to take action.

Monday night the intersection of Eddy Ln. and Kilbourne Ave. on the north side of Eau Claire looked more like a small lake.

Ed Knudtson stood in his yard watching dozens of drivers roll through nearly a foot of water that gathered at the intersection near his house.

Knudtson says it's a familiar sight when heavy storms roll in, but all the flooding has become a nuisance.

“Different people have different ideas and some people speed through and try to clean off their cars. They try and see how fast they can go which creates another problem making the big waves that come in to people’s garages,” Knudtson said.

Knutson and his neighbor Bob Woletz say in the past, speeding cars and trucks have caused waters to creep closer to their homes. Woletz said several times he's had water in his basement from cars driving through the flooded intersection.

“I ripped a rug up in the basement. It’s been flooded three times, I don't even put rugs down in the basement any more it just runs down into the basement through the windows,” Woletz said.

Woletz says he's taken his concerns about the flooding to the city, but no action has been taken. Eau Claire City Council member Dave Duax, who represents the flooded district, says since he's been on council he doesn't recall concerns being raised about flooding in the area, but after Monday night’s incident he will bring it to the attention of city engineers.

“If there is a problem that can be fixed then we ought to deal with it,” Duax said.

Duax says the northern part of the city still relies heavily on storm sewers, while the south side of town has had detention ponds put in to handle heavy rain situations.

That's exactly what bob Woletz wants to see put in his neighborhood so the flooding doesn’t keep happening several times a year.

“It would seem to me that I’m a tax payer and I should get some sort of relief but it doesn't happen,” Woletz said.

City council member Dave Duax says that he went to the area after WEAU 13 News spoke on the phone with him, he says the storm drains in that area are an older style drain which could be part of the problem. He says city engineers will be looking into the problem further on Tuesday.


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