We have water problems on our street, there is no place for the water to go once it melts.
We have lived on our street for 14 years, and each winter once the snow melts it winds up on our sidewalks or on our driveways. Then if it freezes there is the problem of ice, and it erodes the cement, cracking the cement.
For years when the snow is deep, I have made a trench for the water to run across the road toward the river. Although we do get a water bill each month, and we do get billed for storm water consumption, we do not seem to have a storm sewer for the water to run into, at least I have not been able to find it. Maybe the city covered it up when they sealed the streets years ago and we got billed for that also.
I have a lot of medical problems dealing with my spine and can look forward to joint replacement in the near future. I cannot afford to fall on the ice, I cannot afford to keep removing the slush of the road to make room for the water to run when the city has snow removal equipment which was bought for the reason to keep our streets clean.
There is a major problem when it comes to our street being cleaned with a dozen apartments and two to four cars to each apartment sitting out on the road due to lack of parking places provided, and the snow plows have no choice but to plow them in, especially at 10:30 p.m. or after when the plows come into the area.
I have called the city about having snow removed during the day to make our streets a little wider so we could have two-way traffic, and I have asked the city to remove the snow to make room for the water to run. Snow is still piled on the side where it was days ago, and the water is turning to ice on the sidewalk. We can look forward to more cracked cement because there is no place for the water to go.
Linda L. Gullickson, Dickinson