KANEVILLE – The village is nearing completion of a project to relieve problems with flooding and pooling water in and around its network of ditches.
More than two years ago, Kaneville village officials and a team of volunteers, including recently elected Kaneville Township Highway Commissioner Dale Pierson, began removing debris and other obstructions in the village’s ditches and replacing or repairing culverts under roads and driveways.
For years, Kaneville residents endured stormwater backups during times of heavy rain that caused pooling and flooding in yards and other property, as well as flooding in some basements.
Slow-draining standing water in ditches also created a “mosquito breeding ground,” the village has said.
The issue had been among the most pressing faced by the village government since Kaneville’s incorporation in 2006, said Village Trustee Jon Behm.
In 2010, the village and its team of volunteers – using equipment donated by Pierson, a local farmer – began a stormwater management project to rehabilitate the ditch that runs from Lovell and Harter roads, through the Ravlin subdivision, to Welch Creek near Daubermann Road.
The work began with the removal of 10 trees that had grown over three decades along the ditch, blocking flow of water.
Pierson then volunteered to excavate sections of the ditch, said Behm, and Pierson and the village coordinated the replacement of a culvert under Cedar Court.
This year, the village and Pierson have continued the work, repairing or replacing several culverts on Kaneville’s east side that had either collapsed or been blocked.
Behm said the work has produced results as the village’s water problems were greatly alleviated during April’s heavy rainfall.
“There was some water, but I don’t think anyone had any big problems with this rain,” Behm said.
He said the project is “mostly complete,” and village officials and Pierson are discussing the next steps, including how to address issues with culverts under driveways that were installed incorrectly by residents in years past.