Opportunity at Hervey Lane
by Ed Rast
To: Carol Hamilton and Ed Schreiner, City Planning
Carol & Ed.
This email is a follow up to our conversation concerning
the proposed Hervey Lane development and desired mitigation of the historical
These artificially or naturally built up areas between the flooded neighborhood streets and the river result in the flood waters continuing to flow north flooding additional Willow Glen neighborhoods and homes. The Willow Glen Spur rail roadbed when it was constructed was built above the flood plain and it artificially diverts the flood waters further north up Hervey Lane to the intersection of Minnesota where the flood waters flood across Minnesota continuing to flood more neighborhoods and homes.
The residents in the neighborhoods north of the intersection
of Minnesota and Hervey Lane have numerous times expressed their desire
that the any proposed development on the Willow Glen Spur rail roadbed
be grading to reduce this artificial barrier's height so that the flood
water could flow back to the Guadalupe River and potentially not flood
There would seem to be a least 2 possible solutions: 1) regrade the Santa Clara Valley Water District property adjacent to the Guadalupe River at the southeast corner of the property so that the flood waters could drain back into the Guadalupe River and 2) grading the proposed public street toward the river away from Hervey Lane. This regrading would make it possible for the flood waters to drain back into the Guadalupe River. If this is not done the flood waters would continue for years to flow down neighborhood streets around the artificial railroad bed barrier and flood additional homes north of Harvey Lane since there is not a path for the flood waters to flow back to the river.
It is my understanding that the proposed public street
be graded towards
We would like to resolve this regrading / flooding issue prior to the next public meeting so it does not become the focus of the meeting.
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