By Libby Rosequist
North East township supervisors were quick to action when addressing the flooding of Freeport beach due to an accumulation of sediment at the creek’s opening.
“We received a permit to remove the sediment causing the flooding and got to work immediately,” township supervisor and water and sewer department Superintendent Fritzer Shunk said. “The extra water was backing up into our sewers adding an extra 300 to 400 gallons per minute. This kind of hurt on our pump stations and could have left around 688 homes unable to use their bathrooms if the pump station went down.”
Although this is a temporary fix for a bigger problem the township is facing after an influx of rain and water this winter, the work being done will give the pump station enough relief until they can figure out another more permanent solution.
“We know this is a temporary fix,” Shunk said. “We have reached out to the Army Corps to see what their recommendations are for a more permanent maintenance plan so we don’t see a problem like this arise again in the future. The water almost breached the wall and we have never witnessed that much water before.”
The water and sewer department are making sure to follow the Department of Environmental Protection’s rules to ensure the preservation of the creek.
“We are following the ‘don’t get your feet wet’ rule and none of our equipment will be in the water. We moved the mouth of the water over so we did not obstruct the flow of the water either,” Shunk said. “As always, follow standard beach procedures and keep a safe distance from the equipment.”