Catch basin may be root of flooding problem

McCollum Road catch basin

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Youngstown man is concerned about a catch basin that is constantly getting backed up and flooding his street.

Mario Poluse lives on McCollum Road and says the catch basin that sits near the intersection of Schenley Road doesn’t work properly. The road floods every time there is a heavy rain. A grate on top of the basin gets covered with leaves and debris which prevents the water from draining.

Leaves blocking catch basin. Image courtesy of
Leaves blocking catch basin. Image courtesy of Mario Poluse.

Tuesday night’s heavy rains prompted the latest problem.

“This whole area was flooded out. Even on the other side of the road,” Poluse said.

A pile of leaves remained on top of the grate Wednesday.

Poluse, a retired waste water treatment plant worker, requested public records about the basin project that shows the city spent almost $4,000 to replace an aging basin with the new grated one, which was not installed in the same exact place as the old basin.

Poluse doesn’t think that was the best solution. He would have liked to see a half-moon basin installed, similar to one located across the street.

Sasho said a utility conflict prevented them from installing the new basin in the same location of the former one but said he is looking into changing it out.

“We will investigate it. If we have to take a different option and maybe put a different top on it that is what we will do,” Sasho said.

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