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Relief from flooding may be coming soon to Sunset Acres Condominiums

The Sunset Acres Condos development at 1322 Sunview Drive, just west of Bryan Road and north of Mexico Road, has endured flooding of common ground, parking lots and basements for years. But relief is on the way.

In mid-December, the city of O’Fallon removed the original, inadequate storm sewer pipe that runs under Bryan Road and replaced it with a much larger capacity pipe. O’Fallon Communications Director Tom Drabelle said this was just the first step of remediation. 

Fischer Grading, LLC is the contractor doing the work for the city.

“The construction is roughly 50% complete with a majority of the remaining work located within the Sunset Acres Condominiums common ground areas,” Drabelle said in early January. “The contractor’s current schedule has an estimated completion date of March 1, 2021, but that could be pushed back a bit by weather delays or unknown utility conflicts.”

Drabelle verified that the intent of the overall project is to correct ongoing flooding issues in Sunset Acres Condos. The design includes additional inlets, up-sizing some existing storm sewer, and the installation of new storm sewer to reduce the possibility and frequency of flooding due to large rain events.

“Of course, the final proof of new storm sewer effectiveness will be when the heavy spring rains arrive,” Drabelle said.

Mid Rivers Newsmagazine had published a detailed story about this on Aug. 28, 2020.

An aerial view of Sunset Acres Condos (Source: City of O’Fallon)

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