DeKalb city approves funds to address ‘critical emergency’ facing pipes

“This problem has been dozens of years in the making, and now it is a critical emergency,” Brookhaven Public Works Director Hari Karikaran said.

Credit: City of Brookhaven

Credit: City of Brookhaven

“This problem has been dozens of years in the making, and now it is a critical emergency,” Brookhaven Public Works Director Hari Karikaran said.

Brookhaven officials on Tuesday approved an emergency contract to repair “multiple pipe failures” that caused flooding at a neighborhood intersection, the city said.

Two old stormwater pipes running under Inman Drive and Saybrook Drive are “completely out of commission,” Brookhaven Public Works Director Hari Karikaran said in a statement. “There is not a quick fix for this. These must be replaced.”

The problems have led to flooding in the road, the city said. Karikaran said it has become a “critical emergency.”

The issues have caused water to flow into the road.

Credit: City of Brookhaven

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Credit: City of Brookhaven

The City Council unanimously approved the $170,165 emergency contract with Response Environmental Site Services at a Tuesday night meeting.

Repairs to the pipes will result in street closures in the area for about three weeks beginning March 16. Inman and Saybrook are located just north of Windsor Parkway and west of Peachtree Golf Club.

The repairs will involve excavating the two existing pipes and replacing them with a large, single pipe.

“This is one of the several aging drainage structures identified in our annual stormwater assessment and inspection program,” Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst said in a statement.

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