I thought it was time for another update on activities, as it looks like a couple things have firmed up or fallen out since my last post.
Cato Levee Structure
Although things looked like they were gaining momentum and moving forward at the Cato Levee, it was short-lived and activity has once again ground to a halt. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with its contractor to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that it will be quickly resolved.
What are the immediate implications for Duck Creek? Like last year, we will not be able to take water from the Castor River when it gets up later in the winter. Water recharge in Pool 1 will have to come from local run-off from Brushy and Slagel Creeks. Therefore, the amount of water that can be pulled out of Pool 1 to flood Pools 2 and 3 will have to be conservative until we get some local rains. This is similar to the situation we were in last year.
Last year LRDD cleaned out Ditch 106 on the south side of Pool 2. They also cleaned out Ditch 111, north of Duck Creek and eastward past the Hwy 51 double box culvert. Also, last fall we removed vegetation along some of the ditch banks so we could have access to some of the other ditches that hadn’t been cleaned out in awhile.
As you probably have noticed if you’ve been on the area in the past year, this work tore up the roads quite a bit. We realize this is an inconvenience and ask for your patience. We would fix them now, except there is more work to be done in these areas. In the next year we are working with LRDD to follow up and clean Ditch 105 (east side of Pool 1), Ditch 104 (north of Pool 2), and Ditch 1/111 (west side of Pool 1), and the first mile of Ditch 111 (from Cato Levee and south of HWY C Structure). Once this work is done the ditch banks will be dressed up and the roads will be repaired.
What are the immediate implications for Duck Creek? The gates around Pools 2 and