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David Owen: Magby Creek problems blamed on Corps projects




I read your "Taming Magby Creek too Costly" editorial in the March 11, paper. It stated that this North Columbus creek, which is actually in East Columbus, is not worth fixing.  


Back when Travis Childers was our representative, I met with his assistant out there at a homeowner''s home and later assisted Congressman Childers pen a letter to the Corps of Engineers. After this visit, some local funds went into digging deeper ditches. I recall at this time that Mr. Box was running for office and truly believed he has done all he can do, with the local economy in the ditch.  


Magby has not always had the degree of flood problems it now endures. Moreover, channelization of the Luxapalila stopped around the Propst Park area, downstream from Magby. Also, your mention of the soccer field along the Tenn-Tom is misplaced, and has absolutely no relevance here. The Tenn-Tom was specifically NOT a flood project. There may be some small ancillary flood control benefits of the Waterway, but I recall the publicity then and the caveat that tributaries of the Tenn-Tom may suffer because of this large fishing hole. 


I submit that the Magby problems got much worse after the Tenn-Tom was built.  


I agree with Supervisor Sanders'' recommendation that no advance warning be emplaced. I disagree, however, that the fine folks in this subdivision should be relocated. The feds have indicated that this problem can be repaired, and now that Congressman Nunnelee is in the majority, maybe he will express the same regard for the folks in this subdivision as did Childers, but do what Childers apparently could not do. His Ways and Means Committee appointment surely puts him in the position to address this problem. 


The Masonic Subdivision folks did not ask for this. In my 54-plus years here, I submit that the problem got worse after the Waterway, and after the Lux was channeled up to Propst. Federal funds under Obama are for infrastructure reform. If such be the case, there is not a much better cause than fixing this problem. 


I submit that the fine folks at this subdivision are not and should not be viewed upon as, essentially, cattle, where we can choose a different pasture for them to graze. They are people who chose this location to build their houses and rear their families.  


We should all hang our heads in shame to ever submit that these people be uprooted and relocated. It is the feds who appear to have created this problem. Now, they should fix it! 




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Article Comment sweetbaby commented at 3/13/2011 11:45:00 AM:

I have read so much from so many people about the problems that McBee, or Magby, Creek has caused and causes. Everyone that thinks they have the solutions to fix these problems seem to be ones that have never lived in the areas where the problems are really caused by the creek.
Why is this?
I lived and was raised on the creek, some 50+ years ago. I was raised on Lehmberg Road where every time it rained hard we rode around in a boat in our front yard, school let out early for us so we could get home before they closed the road, water would get under our house and put out our gas furnace, fish would swim between our legs while walking in our driveway. I know about the creek. And I have yet to be asked my opinion about any solutions to fix the problems.
Look at the history of the area...and it all doesn't come from books. Ask those that know first hand. Does anyone still do that...ask to find out the real problems? I haven't seen it yet and I'm still living on the creek. I know what its going to do and when. I know what it can do and why. If the City Council and County Supervisors would just ask, they, too, would find answers.
But from my experience in this county all my life, I have yet to see them doing much of what those that do know suggest. So keep spening our money and trying to fix something that should have been done 50 years ago.
Oh, yeah, one more thing...since areas of this county, and city, are in the 100 year flood zone, its not going to help a whole lot of people. However, I DO think they need to help as many as possible, but insurance companies and FEMA does not honor anything getting done now as far as helping people get out of paying an outrageous price for Flood Insurance. If you want to help, see if you can't do something on that end while you "plan" what to do to help a few people.


Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 3/14/2011 5:47:00 AM:

I think Sweetbaby has a firm grasp on reality.

The leaders here ask and listen? Really? I must have been in the bathroom when that one happened.


Article Comment endoftheline commented at 4/5/2011 10:59:00 AM:

To those that say they will do something and do not do it.
It is time for all of the real believers to get on our knees and pray for the will of GOD to be produced in his servants. ALL things are GODS and we are only given charge over them. This also includes
those in authority over us (the people of God). What I have failed to do is pray with all of my heart ,all of my mind,all of my soul for all of these people over me. As well as these in need I am not the only one suffering from the lack of the basic needs in life. All I have done in the past is complain and murmuring, That only put me in RAGE and that is not the will of our GOD.Jesus said it all in Matthew 23 when addressing the religious ONES who claimed to be beleivers. where are we and those that are over us? "I have come to SERVE,I have not come to be SERVED". So to all of us what is our STAND ? On the TRUTH or on something we have believed to be the TRUTH which can be twisted by our mind and our HEARTS to be decised by the evil one.


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