Outdoor Resorts Storm Drain Repair

Brad, this is in response to your email; and others who are interested.

This storm sewer runs east to west down the south property line in the 15 foot wide utility right-of-way. It receives storm water from Pier lane and deposits it in the Indian River. There are drains on Pier Lane at each lane intersection (Welcome, Calypso, Spa, and Balmy) which connect to this storm sewer.

The storm sewer is partially blocked about half way to the Indian River.

The repair involves digging up the old metal sewer and replacing it with new and larger composite sewer. This right-of-way contains other utilities and requires great care while digging.

The digging started at the eastern end; where the first input (Welcome Lane) from Pier Lane enters the sewer. As you look down the right-of-way you can see where several owners extended their patios or gardens into the right-of-way. Presently, the only way a contractor can get machinery, tools, and supplies into or out of the right-of-way is through empty lots - lots without park models or RV's.

After the first couple of days digging, a power line was cut and the utility company had to come out to make the repair. Then it seemed like every few days Spectrum would be out to repair cut cables. When I looked down into the trench that was being dug, I was not surprised that utility cuttings were happening. Once the contractor saw how utilities were routed to each site it was a big help. But sometimes the routing was changed and oops, back to the drawing board.

When they started, they would replace one (length) section, cap the new sewer, and then backfill. Then move to the next section. They would dig down to the capped end and extend the trench one length. After they did that for several sections they changed; they would be able to replace 3 or 4 sections before backfilling.

Today is May 20 and they are about half way to the river. It is going to take longer than expected.


Looking toward the Indian River from our site. All of the trees, shrubs, and other plants which lined the chain link fence have been removed.
I wish I had a before shot.


Looking east toward the ocean. The first couple of new sections have been installed and covered. The backhoe is working it's way back, the next section is waiting to be installed and the bobcat is waiting for the old sewer to be carted off.

They are almost to our site.

They have to keep moving the dirt pile from the dug trench back.

The old sewer is cut up and smashed using the jaws of the backhoe. Like the removed dirt, the old sewer has to be lifted up, over, and around the fence to be placed behind the backhoe.

After turning around the backhoe pushes the dirt back while moving to place the old sewer in the Bobkcat.

Once the Bobcat is full, it takes it's load to the parking area next to the middle tennis courts.
When needed, it brings back a new section. (To get to the street it has to go through an open lot.)


When they find another utility in the way they have to get in the trench and use shovels.
The orange cable is being pulled out of the way and tied to the chain link fence.


A new section is being lifted up and will be swung around to the trench.

Getting ready to place in the trench.

You can't just drop it in the trench. It has to be moved under and around other utilities.

The sewer must have the correct down hill slope. A Laser Level shoots a beam and it intersects the guage held by the worker with the white hat. Each section of sewer is measured on its input and output to verify the slope.

When they are happy with the new section's position, they dump dirt around the center of the section to hold it inplace.

When there are problems with the digging, the they call in Charles. He is showing the backhoe operator something on his cell phone.

There is a problem right behind our site. This picture is taken out our rear left side window.

Everybody looks the problem over then they decide what to do.

It requires manual shoveling. The small vertical orange cable is a Spectrum TV cable which the backhoe sliced in two.

The section behind us is finished and they placed dirt around the center of the section to stablize it.

Work is stopped for the day. There are three sections waiting to be covered.

This was the problem area they were looking at earlier. The gray tubing is electric.
The electric goes into our site then comes back out.


The broken white PVC pipe has a wire in it. They are not sure where it is going or where it came from. They assume that site 287 installed it. The small black drain tube on the left, behind the short white pvc pipe, they think was connected to site 287's patio down spout.The small black drain tube on the right, behind the gray electric pvc, was the old connection to the down spout. When the new park model was moved in, the storage shed position was changed.

The laser level (yellow device in the foreground) used to verify slope of the new sewer.

When a new section is installed, they coat the end with a paste then slide the two sections together. Then they wrap the joint with that black cloth. When they find things which are not suppose to be there, like the white pvc pipe sprinkler in the picture, it is cast aside or buried.

This is the end of the Spectrum cable which was cut in two. They buried the other end. It connects the distribution box from west of our site to the distribution box east of our site. I am not sure if Spectrum will be back to improve this connection. Site 277 gets it's signal from the western distribution box. Those east of this site will have weaker signals with this lash up.

We had a hard downpour today. Work is stopped and they have four sections ready to cover.

The sections are covered and they are working farther on down.

We have another downpour. The down spout next door is not draining fast enough. I think the cut tube in the earlier picture may be the cause.

I think that when they come back to grade and seed that some of these patio extensions will be cut back.

They are at the point where the problem is with the old sewer.
This portable pumper was brought in to pump some of the water out of the ground.


The white pipe is a suction pipe. The pump is sucking water out of the ground through this pipe, filtering it, then sending it through the yellow/blue hose to the light blue tank. The light blue tank is then dumped into the river.

This is the view looking at the starting point of the new sewer on May 4.

This is taken on May 19. The connection from Pier lane was tied into the new sewer using a coupling with a manhole cover access.

They added a second backhoe to the operation. They are digging and covering from both sides of each section.
In the foreground you can see the patio extension which was broken has by the backhoe.


Site 387 was the closest open site to the start of the sewer replacement.
It was used for all access to the east of this point.


Site 507 is the next open site after 387.

Because the water is very clean after the filtering, they are allowed to drain the pump water directly on Pier Lane. Also, the drain on the next tap of Pier Lane is not restricted.

The water being drained onto Pier Lane.

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