State of Indiana Continues Repairs to Failed Stormwater Pipe

The State of Indiana continues repairs on their failed stormwater pipe near Commerce Street. To repair the pipe, the state has been shoring the area with steel to allow heavy equipment to access the failed infrastructure. Due to the depth of the pipe, a large number of shoring is required to meet federal safety requirements to complete the repair.

Currently, the state has not yet completed the amount of shoring necessary to satisfy OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Due to this, they cannot move their heavy equipment deep enough into the collapsed pipe to fully clear the drainage path. Water flow is still severely restricted along the drainage path.

With forecasts predicting heavy rains on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, the City has again deployed two, 6” diameter water pumps to the area to help divert excess stormwater. The State of Indiana is bringing another 12” diameter pump to assist.

“We will continue to do everything we can to assist residents in the area while the State of Indiana continues this important infrastructure repair project,” stated Joe Ham, Stormwater Coordinator for the City of New Albany.