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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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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/28/12 - 08:33 pm
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I've Got One More For You

This new housing development on the corner of Blackstone Camp Rd and Point Comfort Rd. has a ridiculous drainage plan. It's located on an elevation from the other houses in the area. They put in a drainage pipe coming from their retention pond that goes under Point Comfort Rd, runs straight into a yard of a resident, through a vacant lot destroying it and then through a low area on my land into the river dumping enough clay soil to discolor the water all the way to Stevens Creek Dam. The poor guy who owns the house where the pipe from the new neighborhood points right at him reported it during the last heavy rain when he was almost flooded out of his house. It's ruining other people's property and the river, plus filling in Point Comfort cove.

justputtin
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justputtin 09/01/12 - 06:18 pm
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Good luck river man

I would be shocked if they do anything about the problem you describe. They are not responsible in their minds.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 07:21 am
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Justputting, thanks. Numerous

Justputting, thanks. Numerous complaints have been lodged by many involved to no avail so far. What's bad about this is it's a new project where we are creating a problem where there wasn't one. How in the world can you have a big drainage pipe, running under a road, from a 40 acre project retention pond located on a hill draining directly into people's yards below it?

It's time to modify their drainage plan before we create a huge problem that has to be fixed later at a much greater cost. I have some videos of the running water you wouldn't believe. It's going to wash out a road.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/29/12 - 06:21 am
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Fluid Mechanics is not a part of CC
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Engineering. CC zoning and engineering belongs to the developers. Housing construction at all cost resulted in flooded property, a lawsuit and the Rain Tax. Continually redrawing the 100 year flood maps for a county that is completely a "drain field from 400 ft elevation at Harlem to 150 feet elevation at the river. Building homes in wetlands and swamps. CC covers its mismanagement with taxpayer dollars. Like the scorpion, CC acts like a scorpion. 222 years of Columbia County government has not changes the basic topography of the land.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/29/12 - 06:36 am
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Drainage Plans

The developer of a new subdivision submits his drainage plans to county planning & zoning. The county approved the drainage plans that Riverman described. As the county dredged out Bowen Pond in Westlake subdivision, the county needs to set aside money to dredge out Point Comfort Cove.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/29/12 - 07:16 am
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THIS

is where the rain tax should lie. It is the new developments and resulting runoff that is costing big $$ to mitigate. There should be a tax placed on every new home or commercial development specifically earmarked for drainage improvements, and get rid of the rain tax on everyone else.

whyme
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whyme 08/29/12 - 10:26 am
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flooded again

I was flooded 4 months after moving into my house in the neighborhood adjacent to one of the residents mentioned in the article. I heard about the stormwater issue and contacted the county. I was told that it was not a county issue but was the way the home was built; the yard was not graded properly and the house itself was also not designed to allow the water to drain off of the roof correctly. All efforts to have this addressed failed and basically I was told that the responsibility-and expense-are all mine. I can somewhat understand the county's passing the buck since the water is not coming in from the street. However, someone besides myself should be held accountable. So I wish these folks well and perhaps something indeed will come of the concerns being expressed.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/29/12 - 07:16 pm
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All I Can Say

There are some people getting wet Right Now. Flooded Too.

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