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PIERCE COUNTY: Help with flood control funds

Letter by Helen K. Ellingson, Sumner on Nov. 22, 2010 at 11:48 am | 7 Comments »
November 26, 2010 1:45 pm

Re: “Flood board faces legal challenges” (TNT, 11-20).

With due respect to the Lakewood City Attorney Heidi Wachter, I would like to say that I understand her calm. She must not be among the hundreds whose land is either being eaten by raging waters or whose very homes are threatened each time flood season approaches.

For years those of us who do have consistently cried for help as we watch silt and rock fill the river bottoms, causing water to come higher and deposit its toxic materials on our land. Perhaps you cannot understand how greatly we appreciate the listening ears that have recently come to our aid.

The dredging that was once a preventative measure, done regularly for flood control, has been regulated against for many years. The claim is that the fish and spawning would be disturbed. But the fish grow fewer, we homeowners grow more anxious every year, our very homes having been invaded, either wholly or partially in the past.

Until recent extensive studies have shown that flooding poses a huge detriment to our county as a whole, our cries have meant little. We would beg you to help us, and the county in which you safely live. A few dollars annually does seem so little, but countywide it would help immensely.

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