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Rantoul Retention Pond August 2, 2006

Posted by j-dub in News - Local.
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The forecast for the next 36 hours sounds like deja-vu from a week or so ago. Severe storms, lots of rain, hail, etc.

Hopefully, folks in Rantoul will have their waders ready.

Almost every time there is a good shower, the village of Rantoul turns into an assortment of ponds. These ponds tend to form in certain sections of town and always underneath the overpass by Rogers; rendering 136 west of 45 useless.

Well, Rantoul built a new retention pond (within the past few years) that was supposed to alleviate this problem. This, according to all the wonderful folks I know in and around Rantoul. These same folks, have also heard rumbles that the retention pond was doomed from the start because it was not constructed properly. It’s also curious to note that the pond has been an afterthought from the moment is has been completed. Hardly a word has been spoke of it and I’m beginning to wonder why.

Obviously the pond isn’t doing it’s job, as was indicated by the flooding last week. I’m no drainage expert, and I know we received a lot of rain, but it doesn’t take an expert to see a lack of improvement. Especially when you hear the same stories from the same people about the flooding still being a problem. Maybe the retention pond is doing it’s job, but the drainage to and from the pond is the bottleneck. I don’t really know, but it’s clear they didn’t address the root of the problem.

I have a few questions. Why build a pond that doesn’t work? Was the pond necessary? Why build a pond if the infrastructure can’t deliver to and from the pond as needed? Was the project screwed up along the way? If so, why didn’t they fix it?

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