Category Archives: Water and Drainage Issues

WHAT DROUGHT ?

Posted are two pictures of the same spot in town. It is located on a major roadway. Many would consider it “THE ROADWAY” that defines Wildomar as it runs completely across it from southeast to northwest, spanning tract homes to rural estates, it is sometimes referred to by other names such as the emigrant trail, Old Highway 395, Highway 71, etc.

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This section of roadway has a modern multi-use trail complete with a fence separating it from the sidewalk (No parkway) sidewalk butted up against a curb of a proposed future 6 lane scenic highway, a planted engineered hillside complete with waterfall.

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It also has the distinction of being maintained by a landscape company contracted by the city of Wildomar through a Community Service Area (CSA) who’s responsibility it is to clean and weed the trail, maintain the fence in good repair, change out the filters in the storm drain along with reporting to the city public works department anything that may be in need of repair not in their contract all paid for with your tax dollar.
The difference between the two pictures in ONE MONTH AND A DAY.

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This water leak has saturated one side of the trail and spilled across the sidewalk into a storm drain for a least that long.
This trail is used daily by walkers, joggers, horseback riders (a evidenced by the occasional clue left behind, from the behind)and for over a month not one call has been placed to the city officials or the water district by a resident or the landscaping company contracted to do so.

Notice the fence in need of repair. Hope there is not a fire as it appears this hydrant is the culprit of the leak.

Notice the fence in need of repair. Hope there is not a fire as it appears this hydrant is the culprit of the leak.

Just maybe everyone is waiting to make the news when this vital roadway disappears into a giant sinkhole.

Is this the future

Is this the future

I guess as a resident living several miles from this section of road it will be up to me to report this water leak in time of a drought. (Why haven’t I done so as of yet, call it an experiment). If the leak had been larger I might have.
Interesting addition if one googles this spot it shows a picture from June 2014 where the wetness can be observed.

WILDOMAR CITY COUNCIL OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO DREAM

THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE CANYON LAKE FRIDAY FLYER.
December 19, 2014 Edition
Teen Talk: Teens rally to clean up small Wildomar park
By BLAKE ECHT, Teen Reporter
http://www.fridayflyer.com/2014/12/19/teen-talk-teens-rally-to-clean-up-small-wildomar-p

An recent article talks of a group of teens that recently performed their community service requirements by approaching “wildomar city council officials” for permission to clean up Heritage Park in Wildomar. Once again city officials bury their heads where the sun don’t shine, like they did with the Eagle Scout Project that re-constructed a dog park in the middle of a storm water channel.
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Although one has to applaud the individuals for completing the requirements needed to graduate high school this group also needs a big dose of reality. This group should be able to “Handle The Truth” as they are members of what is considered to be an elite group from the Temescal Canyon High School IB Program (International Baccalaureate Diploma Program) who according to their website is all about “Preparing Students for Success in Higher Education and Life in a Global Society”. The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

First thing is to correct several misstatements in this article. (Statements in article are italicized.)
1. Furthermore, this park is often overlooked in Wildomar for other larger parks, which bring in much more revenue due to their services, such as snack bars and baseball fields and the like.
Wildomar Parks do not generate revenue for the city. The city collects in excess of 300 thousand dollars annually in taxes specifically to maintain these parks and programs for the public use.
(Snack bar revenue goes to the group operating it at the time its in use)
(Sports teams are supposed to be charged monies required to provide the extra maintenance required to keep those specific facilities usable for all, these same sports team are also supposed to pay a subsidized share of the cost of field lights which allows them to play after dark when the general public is banned from the park as they close at dusk).

Very top states clearly parks close at dusk which is 30 minutes after sunset.

Very top states clearly parks close at dusk which is 30 minutes after sunset.

2. The poor little park has been neglected by the city, and is in a serious state of disrepair because of recent floods.
Nothing is recent about the damage that occurs with every rain event, big or small.

This is after 3/4 of an inch fell overnight.

This is after 3/4 of an inch fell overnight.


After 1/4 of an inch, notice damage to banks in the background

After 1/4 of an inch, notice damage to banks in the background


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The above is the aftermath of a major rain event in September which left the bark in the Tot-Lot floating. This is the same area in which the teens are sitting on the equipment.
For a more visual look at this park during the storm videos are available on
http://wildomarrap.blogspot.com/2014/09/flooding-on-video.html

This park has since its inception been subject to flooding. Over the years with approval by the County of Riverside more and more water was directed to this property from surrounding developments including Marna O’Brien Park.

The rabbit hole that leads back to Marna O'Brien

The rabbit hole that leads back to Marna O’Brien


In a rain storm this channel is capable of channeling up to 1000 cfs of water thru the park from the surrounding area

In a rain storm this channel is capable of channeling up to 1000 cfs of water thru the park from the surrounding area

3. The statement “I saw that it wasn’t being cleaned regularly and it looked pretty bad already, so I decided I should do something about it instead of waiting to see what the city would do.”
This statement should make the cities employee responsible for park maintenance feel like crap. This person prides himself in visiting each an every park on a daily basis, it’s the first thing he does daily, to insure that trash and dog poop left behind by inconsiderate slobs in picked up.

4. You see, the city has to find ways to make money off of the local populations, and so naturally they’ll focus on the larger parks to ensure a steady flow of income. A smaller park then, would receive less attention from the city, and so it is up to the community around the park to see what they would like to do with the public space.
For what is supposed to be a smart group of young people they have a jaded view of how governments operate. This city has been approached in the past about allowing a group of citizens to operate as a parks commission in order to ascertain the wishes of the people, rather than being told what they need by council members.

No amount of student or volunteer effort will ever correct this.

This was a mild rain event.

This was a mild rain event.

PRAIRIE ROAD ReDUX

On Thursday morning December 4, 2014 I received an e-mail entitled “Another, Act of God” with an invitation to take a look at Prairie Road in the Windsong Tract. (The title was in reference to an answer received by a concerned citizen the last time this occurred)

Welcome to the way it used to be. Dirt!

Welcome to the way it used to be. Dirt!


This street has been the subject of a previous story covering the short-comings of the City of Wildomar.
The person should receive a car wash certificate for daring to park on one of our asphalt streets.

The person should receive a car wash certificate for daring to park on one of our asphalt streets.


A few picture is all that is really needed to retell the story of a City Council that is too busy lassoing buses, jetting around the world on some else’s business, trying to get back something while precious resources are being frittered away on lavish to do’s, dreaming about what already exist somewhere else, barking an clapping like a trained seal at the concerns of various citizens.
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It sure looks like the end of something.

It sure looks like the end of something.


Drainage maintained by neighbor.

Drainage maintained by neighbor.


Without maintenance this would still be full of water.

Without maintenance this would still be full of water.


The last picture tells the larger story. Windsong Park has not had a doggie bag dispenser in about 6 years according to neighbors.
The outflow of the Prairie Road drain.

The outflow of the Prairie Road drain.


The blue and white bags are doggie poo bags. This gives one a look into the management of our infrastructure or lack thereof.

This same “off in the nether” world city council sits above a staff that continually disappoints because no one is paying attention.

LEMON STREET IS NOT A STORM DRAIN

Despite the wishful thinking of City Officials or the lack of caring in the past on the part of the County of Riverside for those rural residents living downstream of the numerous tract homes built over the years a failure to move forward on required facilities has turned Lemon Street into a storm drain collecting waters from an area approximately 3/4 of a mile east of the freeway to well past Mission Trail/Palomar on into the Lake at Elsinore.
All the water that falls according to Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District (RCFC&WCD) is supposed to be directed to an area located midway between Lemon Street and Waite Street.

2014 digital exhibit map from RCFC&WFC

2014 digital exhibit map from RCFC&WFC

 

Mirror image of the above map using technology of the time, 1980

Mirror image of the above map using technology of the time, 1980

This course was decided in March of 1982 with the approval of the SEDCO Master Drainage Plan. In July of 2014 a new map shows exactly the same facilities still being proposed. Where are they?

The waters east of the freeway are to be collected at the culverts coming under the freeway an by underground pipe directed to an open channel per this MASTER DRAINAGE PLAN approved in 1982.

First Section explaining Line E, E-1 and E-2

First Section explaining Line E, E-1 and E-2

 

Continuation of description

Continuation of description

Despite the engineers call-out for a direct connection what is currently present directs copious amounts of water onto Lemon Street.

An 18 inch line which directs water from a 66 inch culvert onto Lemon St.

An 18 inch line which directs water from a 66 inch culvert onto Lemon St.

From this collection box which is supposed to be the direct connection called Line E-1 water overflows across yards and onto Lemon Street.

The concrete basin which once filled flows to the above pipe.

The concrete basin which once filled flows to the above pipe.

The above basin has been recently cleaned of sediment.

Outside view of the 66 inch culvert which fills the basin.

Outside view of the 66 inch culvert which fills the basin.

An inside view of the 66 inch culvert. Notice large amounts of sediment ready to move down hill.

An inside view of the 66 inch culvert. Notice large amounts of sediment ready to move down hill.

Caltrans needs to clean this as this box is on their property and the City of Wildomar has not the money to complete this or any other job, like a  smaller line near Windsong Park on Prairie Road. (See previous articles)

The damage done to neighboring property where RCFC&WCD says the direct connection should occur.

The damage done to neighboring property where RCFC&WCD says the direct connection should occur.

Bottom of a basin on the north side of Lemon Street. 50% filled with dirt.

Bottom of a basin on the north side of Lemon Street. 50% filled with dirt.

This is a typical basin in the City of Wildomar, primarily because the County of Riverside never set up a financial mechanism to collect monies for the maintenance of  these basins. The small group of people who insisted Wildomar become a city either never gave this a second thought or just didn’t care.

 

Back to the direct connections, the above 66 inch line is one of two major connecting points. The other is an 84 inch line that doesn’t even have a box to slow things down.

84 inch line located at the end of Hager Street.

84 inch line located at the end of Hager Street.

Which results in a neighbor having to try and protect their property by any means possible.

Seeing the water flow away from this property must be amazing. Picture's don't do it justice.

Seeing the water flowing away from this property must be amazing. Picture’s don’t do it justice.

In between these two large drains is another smaller drain that more than likely doesn’t work.

The State of California like the City of Wildomar does not consider these little things a priority.

The State of California like the City of Wildomar does not consider these little things a priority.

Let us cross under the freeway for a moment to look at a drainage feature connected to Lemon Street from the hills above.

Traveling east

Traveling east

The first picture is the collection basin on the northeast corner of Grape Street and Lemon Street.

Could not get in to measure but looks to be around 48 inches

Could not get in to measure but looks to be around 48 inches

Large amounts of water flow down Lemon Street and some of it makes it into the basin

Looking east from corner of Grape and Lemon Streets.

Looking east from corner of Grape and Lemon Streets.

Some of this water continues under the freeway because it can’t find a drain

A proper Water Quality Control Plan states these drains are to be checked before and after every major storm.

A proper Water Quality Control Plan states these drains are to be checked before and after every major storm.

Then we have channel E-2 which is supposed to collect water from a basin on Lemon Street and direct it to the OPEN CHANNEL between Lemon Street and Waite Street where Loquat Street intersects Lemon Street. What we have instead is one of a series of deflectors that direct water back onto Lemon Street.

One of several of these features.

One of several of these features.

 

This is supposed to be a 10 foot wide channel at Loquat Street

This is supposed to be a 10 foot wide channel at Loquat Street

Its been weeks since the last rains but this is rural Wildomar.

Its been weeks since the last rains but this is rural Wildomar.

 

Of all the facilities that were proclaimed to be necessary in 1982 only the open channel west of Corydon Street has been completed, after years of water pooling and laying stagnant up to the north to Vine Street along Mission Trail. It was completed in 2005 at a cost somewhere north of $500,000.00 for 730 feet of underground storm drain starting at Lemon Street / Mission Trail an ending in 495 linear feet of Open Channel west of Corydon Street, then draining onto the Lake bottom at 1260 feet of elevation.

Drawing from agreement between City of Lake Elsinore and RCFC&WCD in 2009

Drawing from agreement between City of Lake Elsinore and RCFC&WCD in 2009

 

One of three collector boxes at Lemon Street / Mission Trail where water is finally collected.

One of three collector boxes at Lemon Street / Mission Trail where water is finally collected.

This open channel drains the water that flows down Lemon Street once it reaches Mission Trail.

This open channel drains the water that flows down Lemon Street once it reaches Mission Trail.

 

PRAIRIE ROAD DRAINAGE SYSTEM AND ITS REHABILITATION

While everyone in town was running over to Regency Heritage Park taking pictures of the river another disaster was unfolding across town in Wildomar. A Manhole cover was popping up.

Not the actual cover but you get the idea.

Not the actual cover but you get the idea.

This little noticed event occurred on Prairie Road in the Windsong Tract.

This drainage system consist of what is shown as 2 Reinforced Concrete Pipes (RCP), one of these is 5 feet in diameter, that run the length of Praire Road. There are shown to be 7 openings to allow water to enter this system (4 located at the north end, 3 in a dirt field with one as a curb drain) with 2 exit points, located in Windsong Park, that empty into what is referred to as Lateral C by Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.

Riverside County Flood Control Drawing done October 2013

Riverside County Flood Control Drawing done October 2013

Above I mentioned the words “is shown” because at this point in time the 60 inch line is in the process of being cleaned out. The other has not been located as of yet.

The city was hoping to complete the job using a dustbuster like this one.
Dustbuster

Instead we had to get something a little bigger.

This is the truck that started the job.

This is the truck that started the job.

After opening up the access points it looks like we are going to need something even larger and a lot more money.

This process will take several days as this line has been neglected for approximately 14 years according to neighbors who have lived on the street since purchasing their homes newly built.

This is one opening up the street from the park. It looks to be fairly clean.

This is one opening up the street from the park. It looks to be fairly clean.


This opening at the south end of the park has about 6 inches of daylight. In other words its full of it.

This opening at the south end of the park has about 6 inches of daylight. In other words its full of it.

Full of it equals approximately 1000 linear feet of 56 inch storm drain that is anywhere from 1/2 full at each end to completely full somewhere in the middle. This amounts to anywhere from 8,000 cu. ft. to 17,000 cu. ft. of dirt.

After the clean out a camera will be inserted into this first line in order to ascertain its integrity and soundness. This video process will also determine if the lateral from Raspberry Lane connects to this line or if it is a separate line in its own right.
As the clean out process progresses I will update this post with new pictures, hopefully the city doesn’t run out of money before this one line can be cleaned.

WILDOMAR INSPECT THYSELF

The current condition on many roads in the area.

The current condition on many roads in the area.


With the city short on funds for inspecting work performed the citizens need to lend a hand and make sure money is well spent an the job done job correctly.

This city is about to embark on an almost half a million dollar ($481,598.05) project to slurry seal, crack seal, base repair and applying a leveling course were necessary on 63 streets totaling about 10 miles of roadway in one of the older neighborhoods of tract homes commonly referred to as Windsong Valley.
See Map below

A map of most of the roadways to be worked on.

A map of most of the roadways to be worked on.


These roads in Southwest Wildomar to be crack sealed only.

These roads in Southwest Wildomar to be crack sealed only.

Several areas need to be watched carefully.
1. Cleaning of the roadway, Dirt reduces the bond between the sealcoat and the pavement. The sealer will adhere to the dirt…but the dirt won’t adhere to the pavement.
2. Cracks need to be cleaned completely and routed properly. See photo of cities instructions to the contractor regarding the routing and filling of cracks.

Instructions to contractors during bidding process.

Instructions to contractors during bidding process.


(A Quick reference for width and depth is a penny which is 3/4 inches in diameter, routed cracks should accept a penny.)
3. All cracks routed or not should be blown out with hot air to remove all loose dirt debris and grass.
List of streets and type of work to be done

List of streets and type of work to be done


Continuation of list

Continuation of list

DEATH IS IMMINENT

Imagine my surprise when visiting Windsong Park today after being told it survived the recent downpour quite well.
The surprise was an enormous amount of dirt in the roadway and signs that the water had backed up at the drains overflowing the curbs.

This street is normally quite clean. Today it is filthy

This street is normally quite clean. Today it is filthy


Water needed the handicap ramp I guess

Water needed the handicap ramp I guess


All the way to the corner dirt is covering the sidewalk

All the way to the corner dirt is covering the sidewalk

At this point I took a trip thru another rabbit hole provide by one of Wildomar’s industrious little beavers that like to play in the creek (I trespassed onto city property) only to find the source of all this mayhem.

Once again the old farts grapper is 32" long. This pipe is a 60 inch pipe that is 50% occluded

Once again the old farts grapper is 32″ long. This pipe is a 60 inch pipe that is 50% occluded

Drainage for the Tot-Lot appears to be 100% pugged up and water is still oozing out of the line days later.

This pipe leads back to the Tot-Lot and is still weeping water days later

This pipe leads back to the Tot-Lot and is still weeping water days later

With the recent flooding that occurred at Elsinore High School being blamed by some on a failed city drainage system one can’t help wonder if that drainage line wasn’t in the same condition. You say no way. Guess what there are numerous examples of this same condition throughout the City of Wildomar.
More examples that are easy to find are at the new parkland on the eastside.

Another 60 inch line with 50% blockage.

Another 60 inch line with 50% blockage.

And at a reoccurring spot called Regency Heritage Park

This drains Palomar Street into Regency Heritage Park. 50% blockage

This drains Palomar Street into Regency Heritage Park. 50% blockage


Normal condition prior to the storm

Normal condition prior to the storm


Look maw, no trash

Look maw, no trash


Park side of the pedestrian bridge in park

Park side of the pedestrian bridge in park


Street side of the bridge which receives all that trash and dirt.

Street side of the bridge which receives all that trash and dirt.

These are only a very few places that are easily seen. Lurking throughout a city with no plan are many areas just like this waiting to reek havoc on the daily lives of Wildomar Citizens.
Time will tell if the local school district is next line to file what some will call a frivolous lawsuit to recover damages to high school campus.

ENOUGH SAID

With all the videos available on http://wildomarrap.blogspot.com/2014/09/flooding-on-video.html showing the happenings in the moment a few picture of the aftermath is all I will post.
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.

This describes it all.

This describes it all.


The grabber against the fence is 32 inches tall. The level that the water got up to.

The grabber against the fence is 32 inches tall. The level that the water got up to.


Even a water dog would have had to hold its breath to make it thru here.

Even a water dog would have had to hold its breath to make it thru here.


Nature reclaiming her own.

Nature reclaiming her own.

Before you think this all over think again. There are questions that still need to be asked an answered about the City of Wildomar’s complicity in the result seen here and on the video. Stay tuned for those questions.

WILDOMAR ATTEMPTS TO DRESS A PIG

Since Monday August 4, 2014 the City of Wildomar has been attempting to blow all their troubles away by adding new material on top of the old at the cities three Tot-Lots.

Marna O'Brien in the process.

Marna O’Brien in the process.

Of course I’m going to complain about it for a number of reasons.
An e-mail sent to the city asking about the certification for this material was forwarded to the appropriate staff (who ever that might be) and then never answered, par for the course.
I caught up with our part-time groundskeeper and asked him about it, deer in the headlight.
The question remains, is this material the appropriate material. Numerous wood products can be used in a playground but only one is also A.D.A. compliant.
Rather than having a Certified Playground Safety Inspection performed where all of the deficiencies are found, and there are many, and then a plan of action established to address them this city has chosen once again to address the obvious leaving the hidden hopefully to remain hidden.
Hidden like the numerous sticks, pieces of broken glass, pencils, etc.

Heritage Tot-Lot Retention Basin. That holds water without bark.

Heritage Tot-Lot Retention Basin. That holds water without bark.


Just some of the materials removed in between loads of ? mulch.

Just some of the materials removed in between loads of ? mulch.


Items removed without the aid of a rake.

Items removed without the aid of a rake.


A lot of glass was missed. For a dramatic look at the dangers of a pencil, google pencil 3 year old boston.

A lot of glass was missed. For a dramatic look at the dangers of a pencil, google pencil 3 year old boston.

Until a Certification Sticker is affixed to each of the Tot-Lots along with each Tot-Lot audit made available on the parks website, parents should either watch their children closely or avoid these play areas altogether.

PARKLAND OR COMMUNITY SERVICE AREA

Measure Z Fund or General Fund

Drainage Easement leading into Regency Heritage Park from Trailwood Ct.

Drainage Easement leading into Regency Heritage Park from Trailwood Ct.


This drainage easement which was cleaned out once by the City of Wildomar Public Works Department thru its contract with PV Maintenance, Inc., the company that maintains Wildomar’s streets, sidewalks, storm drains, street lights, and once by Inland Empire Landscaping the company the is contracted to maintain Wildomar’s 3 parks.

Regency Heritage Park ends at the block wall.

Regency Heritage Park ends at the block wall.

In the first years expenditures this channel appears to have been billed to Measure Z Funds with a check made out to PV Maintenance for $4,847.88 this amount include the scraping of channel removing trees, muck, weeds and trash along with scraping off the dog park area.

Tract Map clearly shows drainage channel outside of park.

Tract Map clearly shows drainage channel outside of park.


This channel is approximately 190 feet in length of which only 40 feet is on the property of Regency Heritage Park, the balance of 150 feet rightly belongs to CSA 142 but this is only a lighting district with no provision to pay for drainage and cost should come from the general fund. The area that is parkland, the access road from Autumn Oak Pl, has never been cleaned as this would require the removal of storm drain covers.
This is not parkland

This is not parkland


Another view outside the park

Another view outside the park


Storm drain on Autumn Oak Pl. Measure Z funds or ?

Storm drain on Autumn Oak Pl. Measure Z funds or ?