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Letters to the Editor

Crystal Creek problem

To the Editor:

The article, "Problem areas on the rise," dealing with area flooding due to the recent heavy rains, did not mention that the underground, manmade routing of Crystal Creek contributes immensely to area flooding.

Crystal Creek flows out of Crystal Lake with an outlet pipe that is almost twice as large as the small, underground pipe that Crystal Creek and the whole lake, golf course and Lakewood watershed must flow into near the South Elementay School playground. Thus all kinds of water is backed up in the watershed.

When the flow in Crystal Creek exceeds the capacity of its small, underground piping system, the creek overflows it banks and the South Elementary playground. This can be a health concern besides the flooding. After heavy rains, Lakewood is allowed to pump its storm sewer system into Crystal Creek. Because of compromised septic systems, backed-up toilets and flooded basements, raw sewage can enter the storm sewer system and end up on the playground.

"Unfortunately, we're just not a priority," Ken Dumovich said in the article. But maybe the health safety of our school children that use the playground should be a priority, as well as the flow of Crystal Creek.

David W. Skjerven

Crystal Lake

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