Olivia Way Flooding: A Real Emergency Causing Untenable Living Conditions
A flooded basement in Olivia Way home.
by Connie Sartini
Residents of Olivia Way met with the Select Board Monday night to discuss their Citizen’s Petition article on the Spring Town Meeting requesting use of conservation land adjacent to their properties to alleviate the massive flooding to their street and homes.
Spokesmen for the residents said that flooding in their neighborhood reached a foot deep in November, with the worst incident reaching two feet deep. During the cold months the flood waters froze, and residents had to drive over thick ice to reach their homes.
In addition to the street, yards and foundations were flooded, and some basements received more than 10 inches of water. The residents pay for continuous pumping to help reduce the damage.
Residents are concerned that emergency vehicles and school buses cannot traverse the street to reach their homes.
The developer of these homes still has a bond on the property for $209,000 and Selectman Josh Degen asked if the Planning Board had considered calling the bond and using the funds to do the pumping.
Should voters approve the use of conservation land for this, the developer would be required to find a parcel of land to put into conservation replacing the one used for the flooding drainage.
Chairman of the Storm Water Management Committee Michelle Collette said that her Board has met with the developer seven or eight times to address this problem. “This is a real emergency that is causing untenable living conditions.”
Select Board member John Giger suggested that the town use an independent engineering firm to do a review of the issue.