Alcorn property owners get drainage questionnaires

CORINTH – Alcorn County commissioners are awaiting responses to about 500 letters and questionnaires sent last week to property owners in the three reactivated drainage districts: Bridge, Elam and Phillips Creeks.
They have asked for responses to be returned by Wednesday, and answers received so far indicate a high interest in finding solutions to ongoing flooding problems, said Milton Sandy Jr., Elam Creek commissioner.
“It is apparent from initial responses that property owners suffered considerable property damage from the May 2 flooding and have endured repeated flooding problems in the past,” Sandy wrote in a weekend update newsletter.
In the two weeks since the equipment demonstration to clear and mulch heavy growth along a short stretch of Elam Creek, two officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis office have visited Corinth to discuss what permits might be required for the work being proposed.
Mitch Elcan of the Corps of Engineers regulatory branch said it did not appear that any permit would be required for the type of vegetation cleanup and storm debris removal the commissions are contemplating, Sandy said.
“We could actually dredge material out of the channel to widen it without a permit,” Sandy continued. “Anything going in, however, such as rip-rap, would require a permit, although there are standard nationwide permits pre-approved for that type of work.”
A staff member from the state Department of Environmental Quality also has agreed to make a site visit, Sandy said. He and others have conducted amateur analysis and determined that bacterial contamination in the drainage ditch is high, and they seek appropriate analysis to determine any actual public health threat.
“I’m expecting to hear from them to schedule a date some time this week,” Sandy said Monday.

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

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