Granite City residents say recent sewer improvements haven’t stopped street flooding

GRANITE CITY, IL (KPLR) – Flash flooding in Granite City was more widespread and lasted longer than many residents expected.  As of Monday evening some streets were still covered with water.  Bill Dolosic lives on Village Lane and watched several cars stall in water that covered parts of his neighborhood.

Mayor Ed Hagnauer said it appeared the city’s pumping stations worked Monday.  He believes the rain was just too much for what the drainage system can handle.

“We had about 6 ½ inches of rain in a 4-hour period,” said Hagnauer.  He asked for patience from residents, and promised to see if anything could be done to improve the system.

The city recently spent more than $11 million improving Granite City’s sewers.

“They spent 11 million dollars and they still can’t overcome it,” said a frustrated Dolosic.

The Mayor said an engineer is studying this most recent flood event to determine if any improvements can be made.