Last Friday drivers on Omaha Dahlman Avenue got that rainy day feeling again. The sewer inlets couldn’t handle a downpour creating a street flood that is slow to drain. One driver said, “I kind of know the neighborhood and know every time it rains the water gets a foot or two feet deep. It gets interesting.”
Dozens of drivers travel Dahlman to F Street in South Omaha. City public works officials said the six inch inlets are small. However the almost century old storm sewer is connected to sanitary sewer and a bigger drain could force sewage backup into nearby businesses.
Ray Buckley works at Pedersen Power Products and calls the street out front “Lake Pederson” because the high water sits for hours. Buckley said,” Its not only the water and driving through it but cars stall out here constantly. Also you can see splashes coming up and drenching everybody’s car in the parking lot.”
Though there are no plans to reconstruct the line, a sewer maintenance manager said a crew will be out this week to unplug inlets. He said the city will also consider posting warning signs of high water during rain storms.