Monday, July 31, 2017
TKC MUST READ!!! SHOULD WE BLAME SOUTH KANSAS CITY HIGH TIDE DISASTER ON LONGSTANDING JOHNSON COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL NEGLIGENCE?!?!
This morning we offer REAL WORLD perspective of recent flooding that notes the consequences of old school JoCo decisions.
Our blog community says:
"Johnson County should pay to fix and control the storm runoff. Kansas City is now spending billions to prevent this in the areas of combined sewers, meaning storm drains and waste sewers. It is about time Johnson County have to do something about the problem they created."
And so, here's a missive from the archives and background about this history of this ongoing problem overlooked by MSM . . .
Each time the flood waters rush out of Indian Creek, Tomahawk Creek, the Blue River and the tributaries --- causing property losses, other Johnson Countians, too, are especially unhappy --- and
very angry . . . A former Kansas City councilman not only agreed, but was even stronger in his comments:
“Greedy Johnson County developers were the cause,” Bob Lewellen said. “They didn’t want to see flood control lakes on their land --- and they killed it.” In the early 1970s, a handful of land developers ---- aided by Congressman Larry Winn, Jr. --- blocked creation of three major reservoirs in Johnson County.
Called Tomahawk, Indian Creek and Wolf-Coffee, the trio would have served as the receptacle for much of the overflow that three times in 20 years inundated vast areas. It was a small, but powerful, group that led the opposition that killed the lakes. And in doing so wiped out forever the opportunity to control the flood waters that have ravaged parts of the community and will again. Unless, of course multi-millions are spent to stem the flow.
The fact is that when it rains hard in Johnson County, it’s felt on the Missouri side of State Line. That’s because of the lay of the land and river basins. And if it’s a very heavy rain, it can cause severe flooding.
As we said, in the ‘70s, Johnson County had the solution right in the palm of its hand. And even more important, the federal government was ready to pay the bulk of the money. But it was lost and with it went flood control.
And so recent rain had a cause beyond pseudoscience touted by MSM . . .
You decide . . .