Work on drainage, various other Corinth projects ongoing

CORINTH – Several projects to clear Corinth’s long-overgrown drainage canals and their banks have been completed, are in process or are on work schedules for completion.
In a recent demonstration project on Elam Creek, the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District sprayed vegetation for ongoing control and maintenance. Finding resources to continue this kind of maintenance for all of the cleared drainage areas is the next challenge for the city, the drainage districts and the rest of the county concerned about preventing future flooding.
On Tuesday, representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from the Memphis office met with Mayor Tommy Irwin, city Street Commissioner Jim Bynum, city sewer department representative Tommy Justice, engineer Bobby Scott for the drainage commission and drainage Commissioner Milton Sandy to discuss these issues.
“Jim Lloyd, who has been with the Corps of Engineers for 35 years, is a civil engineer, and heads the projects division, and a fellow Corps of Engineers staff member came to follow up on our presentation in March to the Mississippi River Commission,” Sandy said. “Basically, anything the Corps does has to be identified as a project, since they do not receive an appropriation, and they must have a comprehensive study of the need to determine if something fits their guidelines for a project.”
These projects come under the general category of earmarks, and since the climate in Washington is averse to earmarks, it is unlikely that any money will be allocated for them in the foreseeable future.
What the COE staff will do, Sandy said, is help Corinth officials identify any other agencies that might have funding to help with their ongoing drainage maintenance needs.
“In 1972, the Corps of Engineers had done the only study ever done with Corinth, and we were asking them to get that updated,” he said. “There’s been a lot of development, and probably things that never should have been done or done differently that need to be taken into account in planning for the future.”
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