Thawing Out An Icy Issue

Thawing out an icy issue n a northwest Omaha neighborhood.

Near Bennington, Mike McKnight investigated a "glacier" in a neighborhood. That has led to some changes so the street won't ice over again.

Heather Knudsen says the ice that has been in front of her home for weeks is no sculpture. She's hardly been able to get out of her driveway.

Water from an illegal drain has frozen in recent sub-zero temperatures. Heather says years ago, a now bankrupt developer put in the pipe for a sump pump at a neighbors house that drained into the street.

Heather says " I've never seen it this bad, ever but I mean obviously its horrible and it's a bad situation that hopefully gets fixed. Unfortunately the neighbor has to deal with it now."

That neighbor who asked not to be identified tells Fact finders the drain wasn't disclosed when he bought the house two years ago.
But this afternoon he had a plumber divert the runoff and prevent another glacier from forming.

City Plumbing Inspector Jim Wonder tells Fact Finders a permit has been issued for a temporary fix. He says inspectors will work with the homeowner to correct drainage directly into Grebe street near 154th.

Wonder says four illegal drains are being corrected around the city.
Sump pumps must flow directly into storm sewers - not the street.

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