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Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District inspects Doan Brook, takes 3News' Neil Fischer along for the ride

Storm water inspectors surveyed the integrity of Doan Brook, as well as accumulation of debris.

CLEVELAND — For years, Doan Brook has served residents in Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and in the City of Cleveland.

You may ask, "what is Doan Brook?"

"Doan Brook is a really urbanized stream in the core of the City of Cleveland," said Deputy Director of Watershed Programs Matt Scharver.

Scharver says it's important to keep debris out of Doan Brook to prevent flooding and keep water flowing towards Lake Erie.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District had inspectors survey Doan Brook on Thursday.

"We looked at it today because about a year ago we did a debris removal project up in the pipe," said Storm Water Inspector Kelsey Amidon. "We removed that to make sure that the flow could get through the pipe properly."

The NE Ohio Regional Sewer District monitors Doan Brook every six months to ensure that debris is not affecting the flow of the water. If the water does not flow towards Lake Erie and gets backed up, there is the potential of flooding up-stream.

"We want to make sure that the water can get from the inlet to the outlet as well as it can," said Amidon.

The team of inspectors also checked the structural integrity of Doan Brook.

Under Euclid Avenue in University Circle, Amidon says that section of Doan Brook is one of the oldest.

"I think it looks pretty good, knowing that it's an older pipe that's kind of been around for a while we didn't see any major structural deficiencies," said Amidon.

Amidon says there's minimal debris in Doan Brook at this time.

The NE Ohio Regional Sewer District has invested millions of dollars to improve water flow in Doan Brook.

"Over the past six years the sewer district has invested over $160 million to address storm water issues and waste water issues," said Scharver.

The NE Ohio Regional Sewer District has been operating for 50 years in an effort to make Doan Brook and other drains operating at the highest efficiency.

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