Alcorn drainage projects close to getting started

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Heavy rainfall in Corinth on June 28 poured about three inches of rain on the city in less than two hours and flooded areas and businesses previously unaffected by flood waters.
Work that is needed to improve the city and Alcorn County’s storm drainage systems likely would not have helped much in the June 28 event due to the intensity of that rainfall, Drainage Commissioner Milton Sandy wrote in a recent newsletter.
“Although it was a lot of rain in intensity, the total amount was not that high for a 24-hour period,” Sandy said. “As a result, most of the flooding reports were not in areas that flooded May 2, 2010, which were associated with main canals.”
The late-June event, instead, was precipitated by culverts, gutters and side ditches too small to handle the enormous volume in such a short time, he said.
The drainage commission is seeking help from the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District on five priority projects from the master plan they’ve devised to begin working on area drainage problems.
“We only need one supplemental easement on our first priority project and two supplemental easements on the second priority project,” Sandy said.
Since Tombigbee requires 100-foot easements for any work they perform, the drainage commission had to request additional temporary 75-foot easements to add to their original 25-foot easements.
Once those easements are in hand, Tombigbee can begin tackling the first of the five submitted projects. Those projects include
• Project 1: Work on Bridge Creek along C.R. 402, south of Timber Products and back to the sewer plant.
• Project 2: Work from the sewer plant along Elam Creek to U.S. Highway 72.
• Project 3: Work from U.S. Highway 72 to the Tate Street/Old Highway 45 bridge.
• Project 4: Work along U.S. Highway 72 to Hillandale Country Club/Bridge Creek.
• Project 5: Work from Hillandale Country Club/Phillips Creek to Farmington Road.
Last fall $100,000 was added to Corinth’s fiscal year 2011 budget to address some of the city’s drainage issues.
“We’ve identified five additional projects with the city to spend monies appropriated last year,” Sandy said.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com