SOLON– Residents of Solon continued to sandbag Wednesday evening as rapidly rising waters closed in on the city’s sewage plant.
By Thursday morning, things were looking up.
Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe reported Mill Creek had withdrawn after being as close as 3 feet from a building at the wastewater treatment facility.
Severe thunderstorms with driving winds dumped as much as 5 inches of rain on the Solon area Wednesday, and by mid-afternoon, Randall Park was submerged by a swollen Mill Creek. The city’s wastewater treatment facility is located across the creek from the park.
Residents, public officials and public safety officers filled sand bags at the public works facility from morning into the evening, with additional truckloads of sand brought in from North Liberty.
Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe said Wednesday morning that homes on Marshek Court and Duchess Drive in Solon had reported flash flooding and were seeking assistance.
Kleppe said he placed a call to Johnson County Emergency Management requesting sandbags for the residences.
As the day progressed, Mill Creek began growing, overtaking Randall Park and closing in on the wastewater treatment facility.
Trucks loaded with sandbags drove through the high waters to the treatment plant where more volunteers, mostly high school students, were waiting to barricade several buildings.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Kleppe reported the city facility was holding its own, although the plant continues to operate at capacity. He said the water was “the absolute highest I’ve ever seen it.” An industrial-grade portable pump was on-hand if needed.
The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities reports an intense spring storm system will move through the area tonight through Thursday. Copious moisture pulled northward from the gulf of Mexico and a slow moving warm front will favor numerous rounds of thunderstorms tonight through Thursday. There is the potential for thunderstorms resulting in very heavy rains and significant to serious flooding concerns.
A flash flood watch for the area has been extended through Thursday evening.