This Old House
The holiday season is upon us. It is the time of year when we open up our homes to family and friends. If you’re like me, over the year you’ve tinkered on a couple home-improvement projects or have done some repair work to keep things in working order. These little enhancements and fixes may not always go as planned or be accomplished in a single weekend, but are nice when they finally get accomplished. Although I’ll always have a “to-do” list, it is during the holidays when I’m most thankful of the progress that I have made.
This Old House: A Home Repair Analogy
In a way, you can think about the Duck Creek renovation much like refurbishing an old house. Renovations take care of cosmetic and functional issues, but typically the bulk of the work stays within the framework of the old foundation. There are endearing portions of the house that bring back a flood of memories, whether it is the front porch that allows you to reminisce about cool autumn breezes and lively conversation, or the kitchen that conjures up sweet aromas of past feasts and family fellowship. To take away these portions of the house would take away its character and feel. In other parts of the house there are the rooms, closets or corners that just don’t make sense. Over the years you’ve made do, but if you could do it over again, it would be done differently. I think this analogy works well for Duck Creek, and I’m going to see how far I can take it. If you’re interested, come along as I go through our renovation blueprints.
The Driveway: Entrance for water onto the area
In 2009, the USACOE started work on the Cato levee water control structure and LRDD started cleaning out the surrounding ditches. Much like having to maintain the crown on a gravel drive and repairing the ruts, the entrance of water to Duck Creek must be periodically maintained. The Cato structure was dysfunctional and has now been completely replaced. Also in the past year LRDD has finished their dredging work along the ditches. The final step along this drainage network is to dress up the sideslopes to minimize erosion and reduce the frequency of maintenance in the future. This work helps reduce the resistance of flow that had built up over the last 50 years between Duck Creek and the Castor River. So in