Village News Reporter
The Fallbrook Community Planning Group has requested information about failing storm drains in Fallbrook.
A 13-0 planning group vote Aug. 12, with Jacqui Kaiser and J.J. Neese absent, approved a motion requesting information about the location of failing storm drains, the public agency responsible for the storm drains, additional information about those storm drains and their need for repair, and potential funding to repair those storm drains.
“It’s an urgent public safety issue,” said planning group chair Eileen Delaney. “We’re very concerned about that.”
The Mission Resource Conservation District office is in the 100 block of East Alvarado Street between Main Avenue and Vine Street. A sinkhole has developed in front of the MRCD office due to deterioration of the storm drain underneath. Concern about storm drain failure at the corner of Mission Road and Iowa Street was also brought to the planning group’s attention.
“There is a potential for significant problems that could collapse the roads,” Delaney said.
Delaney added that the roads could include the 300 block of East Ivy Street where the North County Fire Protection District’s Station 1 is located and the 300 block of East Alvarado Street where the Sheriff’s substation is located. A collapse of one of those roads would impact emergency response time. “It could cause a major health and safety problem,” Delaney said.
In 1994, San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission approved a consolidation in which the Fallbrook Public Utility District and the Fallbrook Sanitary District merged. FPUD took over the operations of the former sanitation district.
“We are asking FPUD to help us identify the storm drain system in the Downtown area,” Delaney said.
Some of the storm drains may also have been built – and still owned – by the County of San Diego. “They no longer maintain them,” Delaney said.