Martins Ferry Applies for Emergency Funds After Culvert Collapses 30 Feet Below Ground
The city of Martins Ferry is applying for emergency funding to repair a major storm drain culvert that has collapsed some 30 feet below the ground's surface.
The culvert has filled with debris and is now creating problems when heavy rainfall hits the area. City officials say the problem is too large for them to handle, so they've reached out to engineers from outside the Ohio Valley to get help with the problem.
Martins Ferry Service Director Chuck Bennett said, "We called in a firm from Pittsburgh and they came and examined the culvert for us, and we were told at that time that this has been done four or five years ago, that it was examined by them, and they told us that it was starting to collapse then, which we did not know about, so now we found out about it and we're stuck with the issue. S,o it's collapsed almost all the way, it's full of debris and everything else now, it's major trouble."
The city expects to have the contracted engineer on site this week to take a closer look and to get a price for the project, and they hope to get the problem corrected before winter.