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Selectmen OK Farquhar Road flooding control plan

New 18-foot drain pipe, inlet, catch basin to be installed

Sandbags have been necessary on some Farquhar Road properties to try to control the raging rainwaters that have caused issues as a result of failing pipes. Department of Public Works Director Greg Morse said he has come up with a viable solution for the problem. (click for larger version)
October 13, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Flooding may soon be a thing of the past on Farquhar Road, as Department of Public Works Director Greg Morse recently presented two solutions to the Board of Selectmen.

The first option is to replace the existing 15-foot drain pipe with a new 18-foot pipe in the same location, while the second option involves installing a new 18-foot drain pipe farther away from houses on Farquhar Road and a new drain inlet and catch basin on Blueberry Lane.

The board voted 4-1 Tuesday, Oct. 11 to support the second option, as long as homeowners provide a perpetual drainage easement to the town and sign waivers of liability.

"The easier option for the town was the first option because it requires less work, but the second option is more favorable for residents because it will put the pipe farther away from their houses," said Selectwoman Priscilla Gimas, who voted to support the second option.

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

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