If you live in Carmel, especially in one of the older neighborhoods, you are probably all too familiar with the flooding issues every time it rains.
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In fact, when we get a phone call from a Carmel homeowner for waterproofing protection, or for emergency water damage cleanup, it’s not much of a surprise.
The Johnson addition in Carmel, which was built in the 1950’s, started the petition for better drainage years ago, and are finally seeing their concerns being addressed.
The City of Carmel is addressing the need for better drainage by charging homeowners $5/month for a storm-water fee. Some residents feel that instead of prioritizing the building of the Center for the Performing Arts, City Center and the Arts & Design District, that the tax dollars should be used for more important issues like the flooding. Others argue that those areas were important to the City, increased their property values, and that charging a storm-water fee is not uncommon, as places like Westfield, Fishers and Indianapolis already do.
We aren’t looking to take any sort of political stance on how or why tax dollars should be spent. But we are well-aware of the flooding issues in certain Carmel neighborhoods and are happy to see that those homeowners will see an improvement to the storm water drainage this Summer.
Carmel will generate $3.3 Million annually from the new storm water fee, and their first project will be spending $600,000 to install a new storm-water pipe along Emerson to help carry water away.
Should the road continue to flood, the city could pay up to $750,000 to acquire easements on private property to widen a nearby drainage ditch that’s too narrow to adequately convey water.