Scott County Levee Still Not Fixed
People in Scott County are angry that a damaged levee still has not been fixed.
The YCity levee was breached nearly four months ago when deadly flood waters tore through the area. Since then, Scott County Judge James Forbes said he’s been working to get the problem fixed. But so far, nothing’s been done.
Forbes met with the quorum court Monday night, giving them options on how to fix the levee, by relying on federal money to pay for most of the repairs which are estimated to be in the millions.
However, the quorum court raised concerns about having to pay for ongoing repairs and long-term expenses, according to quorum court member Albert Rogers.
“It’s a lot of money for the county if we didn’t get the 10 percent,” Rogers said. “But this thing’s got to be fixed one way or another because it’s going to wash a lot of people away if we don’t get it fixed.”
“I don’t think its a situation where the [quorum court members] don’t want the levee fixed,” Forbes said. “I think it’s a situation where they’ve got some concerns and I’m trying to address those with [the federal agencies] and a few other folks to see if I could fix that situation and try to find a compromise where we can move forward with it.”
In the end, no action was taken.
“Last night I was pretty positive that we were going to move forward and now I’m not so positive,” Forbes said. “But I believe that we will get this solved.”
Forbes, now left to figure out another solution to get the levee fixed.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do now,” Rogers said. “We’re going to keep working on it and trying but I don’t know what we can do next. It’s just a hard situation that we’re in.”
People in YCity, continuing to worry about how and when the levee will see any sort of repairs.
“I just don’t think they realize the enormity of this problem,” said Kathy Venable, who lives in YCity. “They do, but it’s not their problem. These are people’s homes and lives we’re talking about. This is how we survive. And it’s got to be fixed. It’s got to be done.”
“It happened and we couldn’t stop it,” Forbes said. “We couldn’t prevent it. What we’ve got to do is recover from it. That’s the most important thing, recovering from it.”
Forbes said he’s planning to talk with federal agencies and weigh the funding options, before returning to the quorum court with another possible solution on how to fix the levee.