Elkins was founded in 1889. As in most cities this old, the storm-water and sewer infrastructure in many parts of Elkins was built as one combined system. In other words, storm drains were connected to the same system that carries sewage to the treatment plant. Because of this, severe rain events can generate too much water for the system to contain, causing “overflow events” into the Tygart Valley River.
Under a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Elkins must complete a two-phase project to reduce the occurrence of overflow events and otherwise rehabilitate portions of its sewer system.
- Phase 1, which was completed in 2016, installed dedicated storm-water lines on Barron Avenue, Kerens Avenue, College Street, and Wilson Street.
- Phase 2, which will begin in 2020, will affect parts of South Davis Avenue, Lavalette Avenue, Ward Avenue, South Kerens Avenue, Whiteman Avenue, Livingstone Avenue, South Railroad Avenue, and 10th, 13th, 14th, and 15th streets.
Watch the city’s News Blog for project updates.
For more information, contact:
Melody Himes, Operations Assistant
Phone: 304-636-1414, Ext. 1433
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241