Faulconer calls for solutions to flooding
by Anthony Gentile
Feb 03, 2010 | 1855 views | 3 3 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
District 2 City Councilman Kevin Faulconer is calling for immediate action to increase capacity of Pump Station N to prevent flooding during rain storms. Photo by Paul Hansen
District 2 City Councilman Kevin Faulconer is calling for immediate action to increase capacity of Pump Station N to prevent flooding during rain storms. Photo by Paul Hansen
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After seeing Pump Station N fail three times in a one-week span during heavy rains last month, resulting in local flooding, District 2 City Councilman Kevin Faulconer said enough is enough. Faulconer is calling for immediate action to increase capacity of the pump station before more wet weather comes to the area.

“It is unacceptable to have three floods in a week,” Faulconer said. “If not fixed, it’s going to happen again.”

Pump Station N is located at Santa Clara Point in Mission Beach and takes water from Pacific Beach and pumps it out into Mission Bay. When the pump station takes in more water than it can handle, the pipe feeding the station backs up and flooding occurs in Pacific Beach — shutting down areas of Mission Boulevard and Pacific Beach Drive for extended periods of time during the rains last month.

“Instead of pumping in, it backs up and shoots out right to that intersection and it floods out,” Faulconer said. “If this fails, it rolls upstream almost immediately and in about four or five minutes flooding will happen.”

Faulconer and city staff visited Pump Station N during the storms, when flooding filled the underground station nearly to its brim. He said this specific pump station is important because it is the “large domino” of the system, receiving runoff and water from other stations during storms.

“This pump station has had a history of problems over the years. We need to change that,” Faulconer said.

Without a cost or specific solution in mind, Faulconer is urging the city to immediately increase the pumping capacity of Pump Station N. He said he does not want to see flooding occur in the area for the rest of the rainy season.

“That’s the biggest concern — what can the city do to increase this station’s pumping capacity for the remainder of the wet season,” Faulconer said.

Faulconer is currently in talks with the city’s Storm Water Department and members of the mayor’s office in an effort to fix the pump station. He said that everyone he has spoken with about the pump station agrees it needs to be fixed.

“I want staff to provide an immediate solution for this rainy season in terms of trying to increase the pumping capacity and also from a long-term perspective to determine what the city needs to do to redesign this so it works,” Faulconer said.

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stanthemanKenton
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February 09, 2010
I have rented a storage garage for over twenty years from "lizardman" and his folks before him. Located at Ingraham & Thomas, my garage door - being the first by the stairwell, takes the brunt of the flooding at that property... the water rushes down the incline from Oliver to Reed to Thomas, then has to make a turn in front of my garage door when it runs into the wall supporting the stairs. After my first flood experience, when I lost my large record collection.. I put my things up on wooden pallets.. no help! Now most things are up on shelves and in plastic containers. I replaced and got additional sandbags for last December's rain (flood). This time I had them stacked three deep inside the garage door. Well, 2 weeks ago, I measured the spreading water line on a large cardboard box to be about a foot high. The waterline with all the grass and debris on the inside of the door measured 7 to 8 inches, so it must have been just sitting before it drained away. Each time this happens, I cannot get compensated for damages since their insurance does not cover "An Act Of God". I am now calling it "An Act Of City Neglect". Since I just had eye surgery, there is no way I can get in there to clean up the damage myself... so you don't have to be smarter than a fifth-grader to guess what is happening next with more rain coming and sandbags are saturated!!!! The city wants to accommodate the Chargers, build a new library and all that stuff. I say they should close down the developers and make fixing our city's aging infrastructure their highest priority.

Everyone who lives in Pacific Beach needs to get behind Kevin Falconer on this issue. Michael Turko can't do it alone!!! J.Christy
stanthemanKenton
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February 08, 2010
lizardman
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February 07, 2010
I am a property owner in Pacific Beach and used to live there when I was a kid. We have experienced flooding at our property at the corner of Thomas Ave. and Ingraham for many years now. My folks, who have passed recently, had to deal with flooded and ruined apartments for many years - it was really quite traumatic for them as older people. They got their neighbors together and petitioned the city to have a storm drain installed, which should have been installed there years ago. Even after the storm drain was installed we experienced flooding - it didn't take much and still doesn't require more than a few inches of rain to create floods. The rainwater pours in from both the front and back alley so there isn't anywhere to pump out the water. This situation is unbelievable - that after only a few inches of rain we could have 12 inches of water standing in our driveway, flooding the ground level units and garages. Now I hear that finally a City Councilperson - Kevin Faluconer - is taking notice. He has publicized the fact that Pump Station N in Mission Beach was improperly designed and is not capable of handling the rain water runoff through the storm drain system. I have lived in many places and a few inches of rain is inconsequential for anywhere I have ever lived except Pacific Beach. I applaud Kevin's efforts and encourage him to pressure the Mayor and especially those knuckleheads in the Public Works Dept. to get their act together and get this problem resolved. This is a long overdue issue that has plagued PB residents for years. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK KEVIN, Sincerely, Frank Gavin, now living on a properly drained street in San Jose, CA