Deteriorating Sewer Inlet Grates On Homeowner


A southwest Omaha homeowner worries that part of his driveway may be going down the drain. Erosion around a sewer inlet is making it harder for him to pull in and park.

The sewer inlet in front of his home grates on Frank Paskach every time he pulls in and out of his driveway.
Frank says, " The way its going I’m going to have to put new tires on the car and pickup pretty quick."

An inlet installed in front of the driveway 50 years ago likely wouldn't be the way engineers would do it today. But recent storm runoff has gobbled away concrete around the drainage grates exposing re-bar.

Frank says the city should be just as concerned not only about undermining his driveway but the street. Right now this erosion is about nine inches deep and getting deeper. Frank says, " I definitely think it's the city's responsibility. I would have this driveway all tore up if it weren't for these drains being here."

Fact Finders contacted Omaha’s street maintenance engineer who says his crews will investigate the source of erosion in and around the sewer inlet. Scott McIntyre says, "I would want to find out more about what defects may exist here with the sewer and possibly the street and then we can determine on whether that had any bearing on the drive approach here."

While city investigates whether to pay for permanent repairs on Frank's driveway an Omaha Public Works crew makes a temporary fix by the eroded approach. Frank says, "Much smoother, much smoother driving in now."

Though frustrated that the sewer inlet has caused his driveway damage to get worse over time frank says the asphalt patch shows the city is trying to smooth things over with a taxpayer.

The asphalt is a temporary fix. Within the next couple of months a city sewer crew will dig deeper into the cause of the erosion. The homeowner says he'll consider replacing the front of his driveway if he's assured it won't break away again.


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