Community Issues

Join the Westgate Citizens on Patrol Program

For everyone tired of the crime in our neighborhood, consider joining the new Westgate Citizens on Patrol group! Participation can be anything from looking out your window while you drink your morning coffee, being aware while you walk your dog, to driving a lap around the block on your way home from work. You can give ten minutes a few times a week, or as much as you want. Email westgatecop@gmail.com for a brief 15 minute training to start working toward a safer Westgate!

Westgate Flooding Update

Association President, Robin Kessler and Board member Amanda Leonard, sit on a committee of neighborhood association leaders who are working with the City to mitigate flooding in our area. The City has brought together representatives from many departments to address the flooding issue. The below is a summary of the most recent iteration of the City’s efforts to mitigate flooding along the Frederick Road corridor. If you want the full report, please send an email to westgatecommunitynews@gmail.com

 

What has already been done:

• The City is now cleaning the culverts weekly. The obstruction of these culverts is what led to much of the flash flooding.

• The City is currently enhancing flood warning systems such as an opt-in hotline that will alert residents to flash flooding, as well as establishing Stillmeadow Church on Frederick Road as a Resiliency Hub. The Hub will act as a basecamp for immediate local response to emergencies and will provide drinking water and food, pumps, cleaning kits, etc.

• The City has worked over the years to get Baltimore residents a discount on federal flood insurance and is working to get those rates reduced even further

• Manholes that came off their moorings during the floods of May and July have been secured

• DPW performed smoke testing to identify illegal or broken connections between storm drains and sewer lines as well as sewer mainline inspection and cleaning - 279 mainlines, which is about 9 miles

• DPW performed and Inflow & Infiltration Analysis of the flows entering the City from the County

• DOT restored the road and sidewalks along Frederick Road and will be addressing the slope/hillside destabilization along Frederick Road in the near future

 

The City recommends that we raise appliances and any electrical outlets in basements, install backflow preventers (prevents water from coming up through basement toilets), don’t use basements for anything other than raised storage, Pursue Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans and other funding, as necessary, for home repair or improvement.

 

Items the City is planning on doing with the assistance of federal and state grant money:

• Install new sensors on/around critical culverts; Tie new stream sensors to flashing signage warning of flooding in area

• More street lights in the area so motorists can see the flooding and avoid driving into a dangerous situation

• Review changes in the area in the last 5 years, any potential impact; determine solutions • Housing code enforcement and other agencies will ensure owners of rented properties make proper repairs

• Enlarge the culverts to allow for more flood water to flow through the culverts instead of creating flash flooding in the neighborhood • Corrective actions on Frederick Road infrastructure

• Fully automate flood warning system using increased flood sensors, automatic triggering of the hotline alert system mentioned above

• Targeted buyouts of property and or other means to address 4900 and 5000 block of Frederick, which may be most immune to mitigation efforts; demolish these properties and convert the land into a floodwater retention space such as a sump, pond, park, etc. • Localized flood control projects

• Evaluate opportunities for large neighborhood-wide backflow prevention valves and install valves (makes the need for individual house backflow prevents unnecessary)

• Continue to identify private Inflow & Infiltration sources and illegal connections

• Coordinate with Baltimore County regarding stormwater management for watershed • Review existing hydraulic study and FEMA information • Commission a new Hydrology and Hydraulics study and hydraulic modeling of storm drains and streams. Evaluate options for stream restoration, infrastructure improvements, and/or detention system.

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