You may be aware that the Wyman St. area has been prone to horrendous and destructive flooding from Main St. all the way down to Winn St.  But you may not know that there are now three new developments being planned on Wyman St. that will add about 60 new houses on this small stretch of road.

Those who live in and around Wyman have seen a significant increase in the frequency and severity of flooding in their yards and basements after any new building or development is completed.  So we fully expect that flooding conditions will worsen with each of these three new developments.  A small group of citizens has been providing verbal, written, and photographic documentation to the Planning Board and Conservation Commission supporting these neighborhood concerns.  The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has also shown similar concerns and is now appealing the Conservation Commission’s ruling that the current engineering drainage plan is adequate.

Our small group wishes only to prevent flooding by preserving or assuring responsible flood conscious development of the Spence Farm & other properties.  To that end our efforts over the past year have been influential in significantly strengthening the original drainage plans for the first of these developments.

However, to be more effective in making the concerns of the neighborhood known to city officials we need input from more of the area residents.  If you are concerned about the flooding effects of these developments and would like to be included on our Email distribution list for updates, and to make your feelings known please email us at


You can also show your support by simply “liking” our Facebook page -  Save Spence Farm!  For more information you can visit our website at  https://sites.google.com/site/savespencefarm/

 For The Wyman Neighborhood Group

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Roth Gill February 28, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Check your basements/sump pumps neighbors....the thaw seems to be starting. Rose Farm neighborhood already seems to have houses pumping water out of basements with sump pumps.
Earnhardt March 01, 2013 at 02:22 PM
They are pumping up on Battlemarch way too. It's a early thaw, Houses all over the city are pumping water. Whats the big deal?
Vince Grillo March 01, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Hello Mr. Earnhardt, I think Mr. Gill’s point might be that this early sign of a high water table might be a prelude to more destructive flooding should we get a substantial rainfall. Some of the neighborhoods around Wyman St. and especially around Hart and Hamilton have literally been underwater after such rain. So maybe just reminder to the residents to be prepared and a plea to the city for some systemic help by maintaining the drainage systems in the area. - Vince
Earnhardt March 01, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Thank you Mr. Grillo.I just wanted to point out as well that we are all in the same boat. Overdevelopment has caused these types of problems all over the city, The City Fathers tend to ignore residents all over the city. Thanks again.


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