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Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.

Could flooding answers lie in elementary physics?

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The South Milwaukee Common Council has approved spending $40,000 on two studies recommended by the city's Public Works & Public Property Committee related to the flooding and fouling of some South Milwaukee homes from last month's heavy rain.

Here is Alderman and PW/PP Committee Chair Erik Brooks's explanation of those studies as provided on his blog:

  • One, to be done by Applied Technologies, would evaluate the sanitary sewer system at specific areas and make recommendations to reduce inflow and improve system capacity during big rains. The study, which is expected to cost just shy of $30,000 and take four to six months to complete, will specifically look at areas like Parkway Drive/Hemlock Court, Brookdale Drive and Blakewood Court.
  • The second, to be done by R.A. Smith National, pertains more specifically to the 4th District. It would evaluate the stormwater system around the Parkway Heights area (the broader neighborhood around Parkway/Hemlock). This study is expected to cost around $12,000.

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