Wastewater facility hurt by flooding from August storm
By Elizabeth Wilkerson -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WOODSTOCK -- Flooding during a recent storm is estimated to have caused more than $1 million in damage to Woodstock's wastewater treatment plant, Town Manager Larry Bradford said Tuesday night.
At the Town Council's Tuesday meeting, Bradford said engineers were still evaluating what actually occurred at the plant on Aug. 17, when a slow-moving thunderstorm drenched the region, flooding the plant's membrane filter building. The amount of damage caused by the flood is estimated at $1.2 million or $1.3 million, he said.
The town was testing its new treatment system at the plant, which is in the midst of a roughly $30 million upgrade, when the storm hit. The old system, which the plant has been using during construction, is back up and running and in compliance with regulations, Bradford said.
Later this week, town officials likely will meet with the project's engineers and representatives of the insurance company, he said. Mayor Bill Moyers said officials hope most of the damage will be covered by insurance, and Bradford said there's no indication that it won't be covered.
The town may incur some additional costs, as it could have to extend the project several months because of the flooding, he said. The plant was set to be completed by the end of the year.
"It was quite a storm that night," Bradford said.
Councilman Ed Munden asked what would be done to prevent such flooding in the future.
Going forward, part of the discussion will be how to protect the plant during such a rain event, Bradford said.
He said the plant received water three ways during the recent storm -- from the sewer system, which was "super-charged" by the rain; from the surface of the site, which is still under construction; and from two holes that had been drilled for the installation of equipment.
"There has to be a safeguard that building will be protected, and that will occur," he said. "We'll do whatever is necessary to keep the water out of the building."
Also Tuesday, the council unanimously approved a $365,150 change order for the wastewater plant upgrade.
Councilman Arthur White, who leads the council's water and sewer committee, said "there have been some changes that have had to be made and worked on" over the course of the project. Tuesday's change order was an addition to the project's engineering fees, he said.
Though the change order is for about $365,000, he said, "it's not quite as bad as that," as the town will receive some credits that will bring its cost down to about $300,000. The additional money will come from the project's contingency funds, he said.