Residents concerned log jam could cause flooding - WNEM TV 5

Residents concerned log jam could cause flooding

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For several years a local drainage board has been investigating log jams threatening to flood out local homes, but a fix could still be years away and come with a hefty price tag.

Joseph Rozek is concerned. He said a big problem is piling up behind his backdoor, dead ash trees that have fallen into the nearby Swan Creek. He said it's a major flood concern in his Saginaw County neighborhood.

Rozek believes city officials aren't doing enough to fix the problem.

"At least make an attempt to try and protect the people," Rozek said.

Kurt Deming lives next door. He said he worries the trees could cause the creek to back up and flood his home.

"Well, it would be nice if they come in and cut up the log jams first and then maybe take down some of the dead ash trees before they fall into the creek and clog it," Deming said.

Brian Welding, Saginaw County Publics Works Commissioner, said the problem will be resolved, it's just a matter of when.

"We're limited in how much we can spend on the drain in any given year," Welding said.

He said his office is aware of the problem, but there are too many dead trees and too few dollars to take care of all of them. However, he insists things will improve at Swan Creek.

"Soliciting bids right now to pick off some of those more high priority issues that are out there. So I would say by late fall/early winter we can start seeing some progress with those," Welding said.

As for Rozek, he's tired of waiting. He wants to see progress now.

"It will be a relief that I won't get flooded," he said.

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