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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2014

Skunk River floods roads near Brighton

By DAVID HOTLE and XIOMARA LEVSEN | May 31, 2013
Tonya Myers looks out over the waters of the Skunk River which are threatening to flood her home near McKain’s Access near Brighton. She said the water rose about 1 inch per hour Wednesday.

BRIGHTON (GTNS) — As Tonya Myers and Daryl Richardson watched the Skunk River creep out of its banks and toward their home by McKain’s River Access, they saw that the water was rising about 1 inch every hour.

Thursday morning, the two could only sit by the water’s edge, which had flooded the road leading into the access, and watch the water rise. Both have lived on land owned by George Daily for about seven years and Myers works as his caretaker.

They are certain that the river is far from cresting and expect the water to rise up to the house. A meter painted on the side of the bridge over the river, which was clearly visible from the house, showed the high water level was at 19 feet.

“I think it is going to be really bad this year,” Myers said.

Campers parked nearby were loaded and ready to go if the two needed to leave the area. A canoe and a boat on a trailer were also located nearby. Myers said that when it had flooded in the past Daily had refused to leave and just rode the flood out.

Not able to do anything else, they set a cage with their two pet ducks — Mr. Pebble and Madam Quacksalot — into the water to let them swim. The ducks happily paddled inside the cage.

“They are the only ones who are happy about this,” Richardson said, looking out over the river. “This is a lot of water.”

McKain’s River Access and Dogwood Avenue are now closed due to high water, said Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius.

Along with McKain’s River Access and Dogwood Avenue, 130th Street and Willow Avenue are also closed, Thorius said.

Thorius said the damage isn’t bad this time.

“We’re not exactly sure yet about the damage,” Thorius said. “A lot of it is minor rock loss, and debris on the road over by the Kalona area.”

He estimates the cost of repairing the roads to be around $5,000.

“This could change depending on what happens north of us,” Thorius said. “We’re not going to do much to fix them up until we know what the rivers are doing.”

A lot of it depends upon what happens with the weather this weekend.

“Any additional rain could cause additional road closings,” Thorius said. “The rain farther up the English River basin will be coming down here and it will affect us this weekend.”

Washington city administrator Brent Hinson is hoping nothing arises in the city from the impending rain.

“I hope there are no issues,” Hinson said. “If there are, then we’ll have to deal with them.”

Hinson said he hasn’t heard anything further about issues from the sewer system in the past two weeks. However, previously, Hinson found out there was storm water getting into the sanitary sewer system.

At the May 16 Washington city council meeting, local resident Dr. David Nacos confronted the city about a sewage backup he had from April’s rain, as reported in The Journal.

Since that meeting Hinson has gotten out bid packets to firms, who will use camera systems to investigate what is causing the backup issues.

“We’re getting bids this week, so hopefully next week we can present them to the council,” Hinson said.

There are two areas in Washington that have issues with the sewer.

One is on the southeast interceptor and the other is on the northeast side, Hinson said.

He thinks there could be obstructions in the line.

 

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