Augusta just experienced one of the worst rain events ever, and just as I predicted in one of my previous letters to The Augusta Chronicle, the so-called flood never even reached the base of our levee. The river rose just a couple of feet despite all the water thundering through Thurmond Dam and maximal flows coming down Stevens Creek. All the upriver lakes were full to overflowing. The inescapable conclusion by any thinking person is that we don’t need the levee, and its presence is keeping us from developing our riverfront between Fifth and 13th streets.
You know – the kind of development that every riverfront city except us has been able to do. You know – the type of development that potentially could lure millions of visitors to our city. The kind of development in which restaurants and shops on the river would improve the quality of life for all who live in the CSRA and provide employment, create a tax base and, because of the large numbers of people down there enjoying themselves, would deter criminals.
But I guess fear is controlling us. What if Thurmond Dam were to break? If it did, the top of the levee would be 30 feet underwater and we’d all have riverfront property.
Here’s my message to our political leaders: Tear down that levee!