By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – A Friday hearing in Chancery Court may fully re-establish three Alcorn County drainage districts, confirming them as government agencies that could qualify for public funding.
Commissioner Milton Sandy Jr., who represents the Elam Creek drainage district, also told Corinth aldermen on Tuesday that the Tombigbee River Water Management District has approved emergency assistance to the drainage districts.
This was the first meeting of the new term for the city board, and Sandy had been asked to give them an overview of flood prevention efforts that might avert devastating flooding like what took place on May 2, after which Corinth and Alcorn County were declared federal disaster areas.
The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors reactivated the Bridge Creek, Elam Creek and Phillips Creek drainage districts in July at the urging of Sandy, a Corinth businessman. Sandy was one of three commissioners appointed by the county board to represent the interests of landowners in each area. Since then he has led efforts to find funds to clear banks along each of the drainage ditches, and also to clear the ditches of debris.
Sandy asked the previous may and city board for $400,000 in emergency funding for the three drainage districts, and the projects the Tombigbee District recently approved have a value of about that amount, Sandy said.
The former Corinth board added $100,000 for drainage work to the fiscal year 2011 budget which began Oct. 1, and thus far the city has cleared one mile along both banks of Elam Creek, south of U.S. Highway 72.
An allocation of $500,000 from the city, Sandy said, would pay for insurance and bonding for commissioners and also go a long way toward getting the work done that they are proposing as a long-term solution to the city’s flooding problems.
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