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Farquhar flooding irking residents

Sandbags have been necessary on some Farquhar Road properties to try to control the raging rainwater that has caused issues as a result of failing pipes. DPW Director Greg Morse is working on a solution to this problem. (click for larger version)
September 25, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Some residents of Farquhar Road have seen their properties transformed into swimming pools during heavy rainstorms over the last few years, and they are looking to DPW Director Greg Morse to determine a solution soon.

The issue has been brought up at Board of Selectmen meetings over the last two months, and Morse is expected to propose a course of action sometime this week to affected residents, Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski, and Selectman Priscilla Gimas, who hopes this problem will be solved by winter.

“This issue needs to be completely remedied — I’m not looking for a Band-Aid approach that will cause more work to be done later,” Gimas said. “This is a very serious problem, not only the flooding, but also the erosion issues and the heavy icing during the winter months. I was out there during the hurricane, and the water coming down the road was so intense that it could have knocked someone over.”

Farquhar Road residents David Bourbeau and Bill Tiberii discussed the flooding problems at their properties during a recent board meeting, and Morse provided a history of the drainage problems in the area. Deteriorating pipes have played a major role in the flooding, which, according to residents, has gotten increasingly worse in the last two years.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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