Stormwater woes bring Columbia County scrutiny

Recent rains have caused serious flooding in several Columbia County neighborhoods, prompting the Public Works Services committee to take action.

At a scheduled meeting of the committee Tuesday, commissioners heard arguments, presented by William Clayton, the division director of the Columbia County Water Utility, in favor of stormwater studies for Merlin Way, Rhodes Hill, Watervale and Quail Creek Road. He also suggested that a study conducted at Reed Creek be acted upon.

“The truth is God can outdo any measure we put into place,” Clayton said. “But we are still obligated to take a look at this, to take a look at what we can do.”

The study for Merlin Way would cost $19,750. The combined studies for Rhodes Hill, Watervale and Quail Creek Road would cost $28,545, and it would cost $19,500 to begin implementation of the study conducted at Reed Creek. Funding for the study would come out of the Columbia County Stormwater utility budget.

“We were told that the current facilities were built for a 25-year storm,” said Bill Fox, a Rhodes Hill resident. “We’ve already had problems three or four times this year alone.”

The Public Service Works Committee voted in favor of the measure.

It will move on to the Columbia County Commission meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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