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Council to discuss creek remediation

Northampton Borough Council will be holding a special meeting Sept. 3 to outline proposed improvements to the Dry Run Creek area resulting from a $200,000 state grant for remediation of the creek, banks and immediate area.

The meeting, set for 6:30 p.m., will precede the regular session of council.

Gilmore & Associates will outline the proposal at the public hearing where residents living near the creek will be able to raise concerns and ask questions.

The borough then will advertise the project for bidding. Work can begin most likely in early 2021 or sooner.

It is expected the work plan for Dry Run Creek will eliminate or reduce flooding in the future for the homes nearby, a problem that has persisted for years. The development is near Fourth Street and the lower end of Main Street. It is now designated as a flood zone area, which wasn’t the case when the houses were built years ago.

Several Bank Street families were present at the previous council meeting concerning the recent flooding of their homes brought about by heavy storms. Although the creek is dry at times throughout the year, a rash of heavy rains and storms can cause flooding on their properties.