VOL. 111 | NO. 164 | Thursday, September 4, 1997
Shelby County mayor Jim Rout announced Wednesday the formation of the Memphis Metropolitan Study Steering Committee and appointed 23 people to guide development of an $850,000 plan to prevent flooding in a five-county area
Committee to guide
flood prevention plan
By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE
The Daily News
Shelby County Mayor Jim Rout announced Wednesday the formation of the Memphis Metropolitan Study Steering Committee and appointed 23 people to guide development of an $850,000 plan to prevent flooding in a five-county area.
In conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rout announced the area of the study, which includes Fayette, Shelby and Tipton counties in Tennessee and DeSoto and Marshall counties in Mississippi.
The study includes all or part of six major drainage basins the Hatchie River, Loosahatchie River, Wolf River, Nonconnah Creek, Horn Lake Creek and the Coldwater River.
The study area has experienced rapid development in recent years, and flooding and drainage problems caused by runoff water from new construction are affecting existing neighborhoods and creating problems for planners, Rout said.
ìAreas that never experienced flooding a short time ago are now being inundated with the problem increasing annually,î Rout said.
ìIt is essential we act now, as a community, to resolve todayís problems as well as find solutions for those we must be prepared to address in future years.
ìBased upon the latest studies, the 100-year flood profile has increased as much as 2 feet in some locations, and similar conditions are expected area-wide,î he said.
The ìreconnaissance study,î which will be performed by the Memphis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will evaluate the problems, needs and opportunities for flood control, urban drainage, storm water management, water quality and environmental restoration and protection.
ìThe study will put us in a better position in years to come on how we plan for the next areas to be developed,î Rout said.
Col. Gregory G. Bean, commander of the Memphis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said the key to the study is determining the areas of future growth.
ìWhat we canít do is plan for the year 2000, because by the time we get it constructed, it will be overcome by events,î Bean said. ìWe have to look to the future and plan for the future so that Shelby County and the surrounding counties can continue to grow and not be impacted by water resource problems.î
The $850,000 study is totally funded by the federal government. The study is expected to take about 15 months to complete.
Members of the steering committee are Rout; Charles Perkins and County Commissioner Mark Norris of the Chickasaw Basin Authority; Dexter Muller of the Office of Planning and Development; Fayette County executive Jim Moss; Tipton County executive Jeff Huffman; DeSoto County administrator Clovis Reed; Marshall County administrator Larry Hall; Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy; Ed Williams of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce; George Barnes of the Consulting Engineers Council; Tom Moss of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association and Memphis Developersí Council; N.P. McWherter and Cynthia Buchanan of the Wolf River Conservancy; Joe Royer and Larry Smith of the Sierra Club; Jerry Anderson of the University of Memphis; Charles (Andy) Neal of Tennessee Natural Resources and Conservation Services; J.R. Palmer of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; Jim Chaney of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; Donald Dunn of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Harry Doyle of U.S. Geological Services; and James (Kerry) Arthur of the U.S. Geological Services Hydraulics Investigation Section.