Stormwater flooding culprits cleared at last

By on November 6, 2009

Severe blockages cleaned out of
Cambridge sewer pipe

by Martha Quetsch

ELBURN—Severe blockages in a storm sewer line that led to street and property flooding in the Cambridge subdivision finally have been cleared, a job that took a lot of time and work, Elburn Public Works Director John Nevenhoven said.

The stormwater flow through the pipe is now unimpeded, he said.

Sewer specialists hired by the village were able to clear the blockages using a powerful jet rodder equipped with a cutting head.

“It took a number of times,” Nevenhoven said.

The blockages were within a 700-foot stretch of the pipe on Cambridge Avenue north of Stetzer Street. Nevenhoven said trees near the sewer line were the culprits.

“Roots of trees in the easement bullied their way inside the pipe,” Nevenhoven said.

He said dirt and debris entered the pipe through the holes and collected around the roots over time, causing the blockages.

Nevenhoven does not know yet how much the bill will be from companies that unblocked the line, but estimated it will be more than $10,000.

Although the blockages are gone, parts of the sewer line will have to be replaced because of damage identified by televising the pipe. But that cannot happen until the village designates funds in its next fiscal budget next summer for the project, Nevenhoven said.

Crews during the summer used various methods to try to clear the pipe, including placing organic chemical solutions into it, with no success.

One Comment

  1. RM

    November 6, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Given the economy, I don’t suppose we’ll see any funds designated in a very timely manner. Many in the neighborhood had significant basement flooding. I had a new furnace at risk. We were lucky but the nightmare was one I don’t want to see a repeat of. We cleaned up & diverted water for hours. Fortunately we never lost power. If the pipes are damaged, dirt and debris can continue to accumulate putting us at risk so I hope the village will make fixing this problem a priority.