No update on inflatable dam in West Pittston; study proposal going out soon

By Jimmy Fisher -

WEST PITTSTON — The borough council had no update on its quest for flood protection Tuesday, noting only that an inflatable dam and other options will be considered as part of an upcoming study.

West Pittston has received a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant to be used for the study. The work will go to an engineering firm that submits the lowest bid.

“That will be turned over to the feasibility study to the engineers who will be looking into that,” council president Ellen Quinn said when asked about an inflatable dam. “That proposal will be going out shortly, and (the dam) will be studied under that.”

Quinn would not provide a timetable as to how long the study would take before a decision can be made. But she did say the proposal for the study will go out within the next two weeks.

West Pittston was ravaged by flooding in January due to an ice jam on the Susquehanna River and it was hit hard by high water in 2011.

Specifics on an inflatable dam were presented at last month’s meeting by maker Floodblock — a division of Flood Control Barriers LLC, of New York — after extensive research by borough resident Bob Trusavage who brought the company to town.

Floodblock will be part of the pending study. Its dam would cost the borough $800,000 and can go as high as 8 feet.

One-way streets

In other business Tuesday:

• The council members approved an ordinance restricting Lacoe Street to one-way traffic from the intersection with Exeter Avenue to the intersection with Linden Street.

The ordinance also restricts Linden Street to one-way traffic from the intersection of Luzerne Avenue to Wyoming Avenue, and restricts Race Street to one-way traffic from Wyoming Avenue to Luzerne Avenue.

• Members also approved the temporarily closure of Susquehanna Avenue from Luzerne Avenue to Montgomery Avenue on Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, for the West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival.
Council president: Proposal going out in coming weeks

By Jimmy Fisher

Reach Jimmy Fisher at 570-704-3972 or on Twitter @SD_JimmyFisher

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