The breach occurred in the Lexington Park subdivision in the western section of the city. The detention pond was originally designed to handle storm runoff, and allow it to drain at a controlled rate. The pond is adjacent to The Cottages, another subdivision that runs alongside Fieldstown Road across from the Clemons Recreational Complex.
The extremely heavy rainfall Sunday night and Monday morning was more than a backup overflow pipe could handle, according to city inspector Robert Ryant. That resulted in water running through the breach and through a culvert under homes and streets in The Cottages, eventually flooding Fieldstown Road.
“We had this same thing happen back in September,” Ryant said.
“When the water rises, it’s supposed to push the water up into the pipe like a siphon, and then gravity takes over,” Ryant said. “But it couldn’t handle all that [storm water] from Monday.”
At one point, Daniel Courington — the acting president of the homeowners' association — publicly accused Ryant of lying about calls to and from the association. Courington’s accusation brought a rebuke from Council President Stan Hogeland.