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Letter: Officials should bill state for flooding


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From: Art Clark

Columbus

Received: Dec. 25

I think the City and County along with all the volunteer fire departments and Columbus Regional Hospital should submit a bill to the Indiana State Highway Commission for reimbursement of all the extra expenses incurred because Jonathan Moore Pike was flooded due to high water.

It is beyond my comprehension why after not so long ago spending a considerable sum of taxpayer money to rebuild that section of State Road 46, the road can still be subject to flooding.

I am not a civil or hydroponic engineer but have been on this earth for more than a few trips around the sun. The road elevation does not serve as any sort of a vent or overflow for the river. If the water does overflow, it has a hard time getting back to the river because of the elevation of the railroad track that runs north-south. If it is supposed to be a vent, then raise the road and install culverts.

The same goes for State Road 11 south of the junction of Garden City. I understand the field north of the road has to be allowed to flood to keep the water out of the city.

The road being closed is not just an inconvenience, it is a problem and would have been much more so had the schools been in session and large employers not on holiday shutdown.

The situation needs to be fixed permanently without the silly studies and governmental infighting about who is going to pay.

The citizens are going to pay either way.

I submit the State Highway Commission stop work immediately on the proposed unnecessary roundabout at U.S. 31 and Southern Crossing (which could be fixed with some widening and left turn lanes with computer controlled traffic signals) and get the westbound lanes of Jonathan Moore Pike raised above at least the 50 year flood plane.

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