Pump station could fail

Do you live near the Wisconsin Street pump station featured in today’s paper?

The 70-year-old station is in danger of failing. Some of its infrastructure is rotting away, and the pumps themselves are capable of processing only about one-third of the water expected to swamp neighborhood streets during a huge storm.

For a rough idea whether your home might be affected — and, therefore, whether you might have to pay to fix the problem — check out this technical report by the engineering firm Kjeldsen, Sinnock & Neudeck (starts on page 12).

Most helpful, a map on page 14 shows which parts of the neighborhood would be affected under fail/no fail scenarios. The light blue represents the worst case, but an awful lot of folks are within the darker blue areas — where flooding would occur even if the pumps keep chugging away.

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