BY NANCY KELLY
Kings County Register
Residents of Greenwood’s Fales River subdivision who have experienced several major floods in the past few years came out to a recent public meeting armed with lots of material supporting their concerns about the potential for future flooding. “They brought all kinds of information, including pictures and diagrams, that showed changes in the river and damage that has been caused by flooding of the Fales River,” says Kings County Deputy Warden Diana Brothers, who represents the area and has also been a victim of repeated flooding incidents.
Last spring, at Brothers’ urging, Kings County approved funds to hire a consultant to study the flooding that has taken place in recent years. Project consultants with CBCL Engineering met with area residents Nov. 19 to gather “as much information at they can,” says Brothers. A survey was previously sent out to all residents of the subdivision, and the rate of return was very high. “Yes, we had a good response - both with the survey and at the meeting. People living in the area are obviously very concerned about this.”
While the study is looking at water course and drainage issues specific to the subdivision, it will also look outside the immediate area to see if there are environmental and design variables that could be contributing to the flooding.
Brothers is looking forward to hearing details of the consultant’s report at Kings County’s December committee of the whole meeting. “That information can’t come soon enough,” says Brothers, who reported, November 24, her phone had been “ringing off the hook” with local residents concerned about rains forecast following the previous weekend’s snowfall. “Greenwood got 37 cm of snow and now it’s going to rain, and all that snow is going to melt. People are on pins and needles,” said Brothers then, who knows “first hand that it is not comfortable living from one rain storm to another, worried that you are going to come home to a flooded basement. “Like everybody else living in Fales River, I am anxious to learn the issues and the solutions.”
BY NANCY KELLY