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April 26, 2014

5th and Mill streets under construction

Work begins as early as Monday to prevent future flooding


Sections of Mill Street will soon get a facelift as London city officials move forward with a flood mitigation plan that will close a major intersection in town for several weeks.

The intersection of 5th and Mill streets will be closed for approximately 30 to 45 days while crews work on the flood zone.  Construction could begin as early as Monday. Crews have already begun cutting down trees in certain areas of Mill Street where new pipes will be placed.

During the construction the intersection of 5th and Mill streets will be closed to traffic and message boards will be posted, diverting inbound 5th Street traffic along College Street.

In addition to installing the new pipes in key drainage areas, crews will concentrate improving the culverts on Mill Street as well as widening certain sections of road and bridges and making improvements to the sewer and storm drain systems in the area to prevent future flooding.

According to Rick Cochrane, director of risk management at London City Hall, the box culvert currently in place is far too small for the amount of water that collects in the Mill Street area.  The city will be replacing the 54-inch culvert box currently in place with two 48-inch culvert boxes.

At the completion of the construction project Mill Street will also be re-blacktopped.

“We’re doing all this work to keep people’s homes from flooding,” Cochrane said.  “We had two houses on McKee and Mill streets that flood really bad and had black mold in them.  The city bought those houses and we’ll be turning that area into a retention pond.”

Cochrane said the city is taking into consideration how bad of a flood area Mill Street is and they will have emergency pumps in the area just in case a heavy rain occurs during the construction phase.

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