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MSD formulates plan to deal with creeks that floods backyards

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MSD is formulating a plan to deal with problems associated with flooding along Maline Creek.

Late in 2015 and early in 2016, many residents along Maline Creek said flood waters eroded their backyards.

“I watch it every time it rains, I watch to see if it did any damage,” said homeowner Floydena Epting.

MSD insisted the creeks, which handle stormwater, are on private property and the responsibility of the individual homeowners. However, the utility says it wants to help.

MSD spokesman Lance LeComb says the plan calls for $30 million into fixing situations such as what happened along Maline Creek. It would be paid for by a rate hike of around $27 per year.

"Certainly places like Maline Creek where we're standing along right now which has seen severe erosion, we'd do green infrastructure and put planting in there and create natural protection for the bank there and with localized flooding issues we're just going to do buyouts of homes," LeComb said.

The rate hike would have to be approved by voters. The measure could be on the ballot by Spring 2019.

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