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It has become a familiar concern raised at meetings of the White Township Board of Supervisors.

This time the stormwater problem is being reported by residents along Edgewood Avenue and nearby streets, adjacent to the White’s Woods development not far from the northern border of Indiana Borough.

And they saw that runoff two weeks ago.

Code Enforcement Officer Matt Genchur said there were 2.5 to 3 inches of rain “spread out” over several hours on May 28, but “a lot of rain falling really fast” on May 29.

Genchur said retention ponds dedicated to the township at several locations held up well, filling anywhere from 60 percent to near capacity without overflowing.

Matthew and Marcy Rearick and their neighbors are getting runoff from homes along Forest Ridge Road.

“Every time you build a home we’re getting flooded,” Marcy Rearick said, at the start of a 90-minute back-and-forth involving the supervisors as well as township administrators.

David Lee provided township officials with a video showing how runoff winds up in his basement.

Tom Kerr said one homeowner had to tie into a sewer line — and “that sewer line is under my driveway.”

“We elect you for decisions and to help us out,” Benjamin Setlock said.

 “This problem exists across the township,” board Chairman George Lenz conceded.

However, as he and other township officials pointed out, “it is an issue between private property owners.”

Or as Solicitor Michael Delaney put it, “I cannot do something on my property that hurts your property.”

But in order to rectify such problems, Delaney said, property owners have to get together, in court if necessary. He said it is not the township’s responsibility to pay for dealing with those problems.

“We’re willing to help solve it,” Manager Milt Lady said. “But we do not have ownership of this.”

Assistant Manager Chris Anderson suggested holding a workshop to discuss the matter, prior to a future board of supervisors meeting. No date was set for such a workshop.