Remove levee and prosper

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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!

Thomas Swift

Augusta

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/13 - 06:52 am
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Sissy Albert and I made

Sissy Albert and I made bumper stickers saying, "Tear Down The Levee, Mr. Copenhaver," many years ago.

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 08/01/13 - 07:45 am
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ClarksHill Dam

The Dam was built after the levee. However we have not seen a maximum flow from the Dam. The Power House was wide open. Turned that flow down during gate test. The gates were tested at 2 Feet they open 22 Feet and they can flow through the power house and the gates at the same time. I hope we never do. But that said I think the levee could be torn down for more river fun.

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 08/01/13 - 07:45 am
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ClarksHill Dam

The Dam was built after the levee. However we have not seen a maximum flow from the Dam. The Power House was wide open. Turned that flow down during gate test. The gates were tested at 2 Feet they open 22 Feet and they can flow through the power house and the gates at the same time. I hope we never do. But that said I think the levee could be torn down for more river fun.

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REDRIDER 08/01/13 - 07:47 am
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Repost

Sorry for the repost.

OJP
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OJP 08/01/13 - 07:51 am
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I have supported this idea for years but definitely reconsidered

that position last month. It seemed the first time in recent memory that the levee was even close to being useful. And given the amount of rain, I think I'm back in the "tear it down" camp.

Or at least develop UP to the levee (but that will require breaking up the cabal that owns everything downtown...)

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/01/13 - 08:48 am
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Benefit to the Mafia, it would be gone? WHY then does it remain
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Benefit to the Mafia, it would be gone? WHY then does it remain

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/01/13 - 08:49 am
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Maybe ex governor Sanders or his family know? Oh, the SC side?
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Maybe ex governor Sanders or his family know? Oh, the SC side?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/01/13 - 08:50 am
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The Sander's Swamps of N. Augusta and I-20 pathways? WHY
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The Sander's Swamps of N. Augusta and I-20 pathways? WHY

David Parker
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David Parker 08/01/13 - 08:56 am
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There are two options the way

There are two options the way i see it. Get biz up on top of it to create some energy and atmosphere or level it and redesign the whole area. Either are going to be huge but doing nothing accomplishes the same.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/13 - 09:03 am
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Nothing Will Ever Be Done

It's fun to talk about, but realize nothing is ever going to be done to remove the levee. We are stuck with it so figure out how to develop around it.

Lou Stewall
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Lou Stewall 08/01/13 - 11:54 am
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Yankees Caused the Floods

After the Civil War, most of the entire Southeast was stripped of trees. Nearly every long-leaf yellow pine was cut and carted up north. All of the piedmont and the mountains were denuded. The few trees spared were where loggers could not reach, in towns, and the twisted coastal live oaks. Observe as you drive across the Southeast and you will see very few trees older than 70 or 80 years.

Now, the land is reforested and responsibly farmed. Runoff is far slower compared to when the land was clear-cut. Yet, we still cringe in fear because of what Yankees caused. Three major hydroelectric dams protect us, as well.

Who is blocking this obvious road to fun and prosperity? Socialist elites who want a ridiculous revenue-negative ball park and an unnecessary arts center instead of private businesses, that's who. They want to waste the most valuable land in the CSRA at taxpayer's expense. They want to gussy up the abandoned mills for the sake of GRU students with very little disposable income.

FEMA has certified that downtown properties will not be forced to pay flood insurance if the levee is 6-10' tall, instead of the present 30'.
Who wants to book the TEE Center when Augusta is stagnant, loosing population and desultory?

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gargoyle 08/01/13 - 07:36 pm
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Three words

Historic Preservation Commission, that area has already been put on the Historic registry and is in a historic district. If I remember they had to get a waiver to put in the Riverwalk . Second problem would be running the Gauntlet to get Corp approval to remove a flood control device which might take a act of Congress literally . Before the bulldozers start up the City could find themselves in a expensive legal hornets nest that would turn a little bit of land into a big money pit. At times its more prudent to work with what you got instead of what you wish, this issue plan and move carefully.

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nocnoc 08/01/13 - 07:57 pm
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I have been previously against, this but now

GO FOR IT.

We'll get to see another round of New taxes;

The DE-LEVEE TAX.
The New Riverwalk parking area tax.
A tax to contract out the parking services.
A tax to provide Added Security and Cameras.
A New Docking tax.
River Cruise Franchise and Tax.
An Admission fee/tax.
A few set aside hidden land deals by the usual suspects and hotels.
A surprise National Vendor opening up in the area will be announce that never show up.
and etc....

Heck maybe we'll have a flood issue and then we'll have a tax to rebuild a Smart Levee with moveable walls in 15 or 20 years.

That go out for bids...

I see a MILLIONS of $$$$$ to remove the levee.
But here are those Shovel Ready Jobs Obama promised us 5 years ago.

But we will have to Solicit Bids for Shovel Operational Training and get OSHA certification? Another tax.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/01/13 - 08:01 pm
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BUT BEFORE WE DE-LEVEE

I would suggest a few go down to the Levee wall Entrance and look at the high water dates.

If memory serves me, one of them dates was years after Clark Hill was completed. But I am getting old I could be wrong.

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