Address Flooding Woes in Woodsdale

Twice in less than a week, some homes and businesses in the Woodsdale area of Wheeling have been flooded. It happened first last weekend, then again on Wednesday night.

One cannot blame those for whom heavy rain has become synonymous with flooding for being frustrated.

Part of the challenge is high water in the stream that runs through Woodsdale before emptying into Wheeling Creek. Another troublemaker has been the storm water drainage system in that area. Though city officials have invested money in upgrades in the past, the problem persists.

Like many other municipalities, Wheeling is under federal Environmental Protection Agency orders to separate storm sewers from those carrying sewage. But the cost is estimated at $220 million here, and that just is not going to happen in the foreseeable future.

Woodsdale should be considered a priority for such a project, along with anything else that can keep residents and business owners in the neighborhood from responding to the pitter-patter of rain on the roof by reaching for their hip boots.