Elyria residents question practicality of flood prevention filters known as 'bioswales'

What are bioswales?

ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - Neighbors in Elyria actually welcomed the sight of orange barrels, at first. Then they saw dugout-type structures being built on East Avenue from 16th to 4th Street.

"I didn't know what they were. Yesterday, I saw the man from the city and asked him what they were," said neighbor Sue Parsons.

They are called bioswales and they should help drain storm water. Residents are worried they will do more harm than good.

"Especially when it changes from side of the road to the other, what's with that?" asked neighbor Pam French.

"I just think it's going to be a disaster, but we will wait and see," Parsons said.

Residents are worried about people driving right in to them.

"I just wondering now in the winter time, how is the snow-plow going to know where they are at?" Parsons said.

"The one road crew guy told my husband, at 2 in the morning, you just put your lawn chairs out and watch to see the drunks run into them," French said.

They are built to help filter storm water, instead of storm water sewers that can get blocked and clogged easily.

The city will put up lights and reflectors to warn drivers.

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