The City of Cleburne will conduct a data-focused study of the drainage utilities on the city’s east side to prioritize future projects.
The drainage study will allow the city to identify and prioritize future repair and improvement projects within the area south of Boone Street, east of the BNSF Railroad, west of East Buffalo Creek and north of Henderson Street.
“I see this study as similar to what we did with road analysis; it tells us where to start biting that elephant.” Mayor Scott Cain said. “This will tell us which projects give us the most bang for our buck and benefit the most people.
“The need is huge and the need is long overdue but we need to take those first steps.”
The study’s goals are to identify what improvements are most needed to alleviate flooding in the area and how new development will impact local drainage. Engineering firm Kimley-Horn will perform the study. Work includes running cameras throughout the existing drainage system to see the utilities’ current conditions. The firm will also perform a hydraulic analysis, which will calculate the capacity of pipes and streets in the area. From there the company will use this data to outline the condition and any capacity problems and generate a list of priority projects.The work will identify why certain areas don't drain as well as others.
The survey will begin this summer and the final list of priority projects will be available by summer 2020.
“I want encourage this council and future council to stay the course and not just have the study done but to take that study and put it into practice and let’s get it done,” Mayor Cain said. “Let’s start solving the problem.”