Recent flooding in our area led to problems like water covering roadways. At least one county is still dealing with the aftermath: sand piling up on properties and roadways.
The major problem spot is on a stretch of Carlisle County Road 1217, which many people in the county use to get to the Mississippi River. Piles of sand, some multiple feet high, line the road and properties along it. One property hit especially hard is the Indian Camp Campground owned by Gene Bolin.
"Every time it rains, the creek fills up with water. There's no place for it to go, so it spills out," Bolin said.
A bridge on a section of the road used to look down 20 feet to the creek. Now the creek is filled with sand and debris, with barely a foot of water in some spots.
Bolin, who got out of town to catch a break from the problems, says the creek is so clogged with sand that the water floods properties along County Road 1217 and brings the sand with it.
"I would like to see some situation where they could stop the flooding and the destruction of my property," Bolin said.
County Judge Executive Greg Terry has taken notice.
"In a rain event, it's dangerous. People don't know that the sand is on the road and the water is jumping out of the creek," Terry said.
He says it all started years ago when a structure was put in the mouth of the creek.
"There's always been some sand issues but, as you can tell, it's overwhelming now," Terry said.
One side of highway is private property owned by homeowners like Bolin.
"It all comes down to taking finances out of the pocket," Bolin said.
The other is federal wetlands owned by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, so the county hasn't been able to touch it. Terry is reaching out to U.S. Fish and Wildlife in the hopes that something will get done.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife says it is aware of this problem. A spokesperson told me they're open to hearing out the county and getting to the bottom of this problem.
The county wants to dig ditches on the wetlands side of the road. U.S. Fish and wildlife says these are federally regulated wetlands, so it will take a lot more research and planning before they can do that. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman says a hydrologist, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Kentucky Division of Water would all need to get involved to do any type of construction on the wetlands.
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