Corinth canals make progress

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Workers with the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District have completed clearing a mile of floodway canals in Corinth in the first of five drainage projects.
Commissioners for the Bridge Elam Phillips Drainage Districts took time on Monday to invite the various entities involved with getting the project under way to a luncheon for an update and to show their appreciation.
“The good news is that water appears to be flowing well through Corinth with the clearing of floodways that has been done,” Milton Sandy, chairman of the drainage commission, said in a recent newsletter. “I know I’m sleeping much better when it rains these days. Since the flood of May 2, 2010, Corinthians have been living in the constant shadow of a repeat of those disastrous events. We had a near miss last year in April of 2011.”
Along with work the TRVWMD is doing at Bridge Creek near the Kansas City Southern rail bridge, Corinth Street Department workers have been mulching along Phillips Creek at Shiloh Road and clearing debris along Elam Creek near the Kansas City Southern rail trestle, Sandy said.
A total of 20 miles of drainage canals inside Corinth city limits need attention, but all of that is beyond the capacity of TRVWMD to complete, since the agency serves 12 counties. Throughout Alcorn County there are 120 miles of drainage canals.
“We’re going to have to develop resources in Alcorn County to handle this problem,” Sandy said.
He and other commissioners included the Board of Supervisors and the Corinth mayor and Board of Aldermen in their words of appreciation for the effort put into the drainage issue to date.
The clearing work done by TRVWMD is designed to be environmentally friendly, with no digging, dredging or modification of the canal.
“We’ll have to be content for the time being with returning Bridge Canal to its hydrological capacity as built and as modified by erosion from flooding for the last almost 100 years,” Sandy said.
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