Sunday, Mar 9, 2014
Marion Works to Prevent Flooding
WILLIAMSON COUNTY-- Record rainfall earlier this month served as a reminder of just how destructive flood waters can be. In Marion, leaders want to address a long-standing flooding problem in one area of town.
"It's almost like living on a lake. It gets so bad the creek over there floods and expands so fast and it doesn't dry off very fast," said Brian Burd.
Burd has called Moore Park on the west side of Marion home for 22 years and is no stranger to the battle of keeping rising floodwaters at bay.
"My wife, every time it rains she is panicking," Burd explained, "We have to get everything up off the floors and garage. It's pretty tough when it starts to rain."
She panics with good reason. They've had to replace the basement carpeting multiple times.
"I'm always thinking about that $500 or $600 it's gonna cost," he added.
Concerns like these prompted Mayor Bob Butler to broach the subject with the city council last week.
"I don't think we've ever made a strong commitment to get this done," Mayor Butler admitted.
He said the December rain storm was the worst in his memory. It's a major undertaking, but one the city's engineer researched for years, since the area north of 13 near Lingale Avenue is known to flood.
"They've done a considerable amount of work and already have a pretty good plan of what needs to be done," Butler told News 3.
Plans include installing large pipes and culverts to improve drainage. Butler said a major part of the problem is with neighboring Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.
"We continually have obstructions in the waterways there. Beavers are always building dams, trees are falling down," he explained.
The city will have to work with federal officials on the project.
"They've been very cooperative up to this point, we expect they'll continue to do so," Butler said.
In the meantime, Burd hopes to see the plans come to fruition.
"People's crawlspaces are flooded, and the waters come up through their floors. I'd like to get it done, thats for sure," Burd said.
Mayor Butler said the planning should move quickly until they need funding. Then city leaders will look to legislators to appropriate money. As of now, there is no timeline for the project.
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