Alcorn County drainage commissioners get started

CORINTH – Commissioners working to resolve flooding problems in Corinth want help from the public to gather more history of local drainage districts.
They will use that information to set a public meeting and prioritize what work needs to be done on Bridge, Elam and Phillips Creeks to avert devastating floods like ones that occurred throughout Corinth and Alcorn County on May 2.
“We’re looking for help from the public to document what flooding has occurred and ways to address those problems,” said Milton L. Sandy Jr. “We think the drainage canals are the major source of the problem.”
Sandy was appointed one of three commissioners to represent Elam Creek by the board of supervisors at its mid-June meeting. Bridge Creek commissioner is John Warren Henson, and William Hull Davis Sr. was appointed commissioner for Phillips Creek.
The group met with about a dozen other interested parties on Tuesday to discuss the scope of the problem and brainstorm ideas and suggestions.
“I was pleased that the meeting was well-attended,” Sandy said. The meeting included representatives from the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District, the Natural Resources Conservation District, the Soil and Water Conservation District, Alcorn County and the city of Corinth.
“The main thing I got out of the meeting is that it’s a problem that has been ignored so long it will be hard to fix overnight,” Sandy said.
A business owner who is used to identifying a problem and tackling it head-on, Sandy said the bureaucratic process that lies ahead in terms of approval of plans, permits and so forth is something they’ll have to negotiate.
“It’s encouraging that nobody is prepared to deny the existence of the drainage districts, even though they have been inactive so long,” he said. “I think this is a severe enough problem that we’re going to have to make a stab at trying to solve it in one way or another.”

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

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