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Indianola goes down the drain

INDIANOLA — Residents won’t have to worry about stormwater flooding and erosion onto the beach in about two months, thanks to the Kitsap County Public Works.

By the end of August or early in September, work on a new drainage system will begin in Indianola that will cut down the risk of both. The infrastructure will be installed at the north end of Harris Road and run down to the beach.

“Currently, there is nothing (to help drainage)” said Jacques Dean, project manager and employee of the Surface and Storm water Management for the county. “It just flows through an asphalt gutter down the side of the road.”

The water then drains through a slotted pipe at the top of the Indianola Dock stairway and down to the beach through a corrugated metal half-moon shaped pipe. The metal pipe is located above ground and overflows onto the bank whenever there is too much water, Dean said.

Lydel Construction will be tackling the project, installing underground catch basins and a trunk line along the northern side of Indianola Road.

A water-quality unit will also be installed at the top of the beach shore, which will remove sediment and other pollutants from the stormwater. The water will then flow down a fully closed-pipe located on the surface of the bank.

The pipe will be one continuous piece and have no joints, Dean explained, noting that this is a precaution against leaks on the bank surface and erosion on the beach.

An energy device will also be installed in the system to help control the rushing flow of the water before it enters the Sound.

There will be some minor disruptions to residents and motorists, but Dean wants locals to be aware of what is going on.

Traffic lanes will remain open but there will be dirt and trenches on site, he said. The project won’t take that long either, as Lydel has a working contract of 30 days and construction is expected to start during the last week of August or the first week of September, Dean said.

Boats and kayaks need to be removed from underneath the dock by Aug. 12, because the majority of work will be done there, he added.

Another advantage to the road construction is a trunk line that will allow future drain pipes from side streets to link into this system and utilize the outfall pipe, helping alleviate drainage problems even further.

“I think it’s great,” said John Jacobsen, a port commissioner for Indianola. “The community is looking forward to having this done.”

The town square often gets flooded and this will allow a way for water to get out, he said.

“Right now, the half-pipe going down to the beach has barely enough capacity to deal with (the amount of) water,” Jacobsen said.

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