City recognizes engineers who saved home from erosion | Community Spirit
WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Thursday night the city of West Columbia recognizes two engineers who came up with a way to save a couple's longtime home from erosion caused by a nearby creek.
Torrential downpours in July and August heavily eroded a creek bed along Natchez Trail, jeopardizing the nearby home.
Stephen T. Henry, PE, Assistant State Conservation Engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Sidney F. Varn, Jr., Director of Planning and Engineering with the city of West Columbia, worked diligently in an attempt to halt storm water flooding along Natchez Trail that threatened to plunge the house down a 35-foot deep gully. Both Henry and Varn collaborated to design a permanent solution to handle excessive storm water runoff that had turned Natchez Trail into a flowing river during heavy rains.
Utilizing the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP), a federal program designed to help protect lives and property threatened by sudden watershed impairments, the Natchez Trail Slope Stabilization Project was implemented to resolve the imminent hazard created by storm water runoff.
EWP work must be sponsored by a public agency and the city of West Columbia stepped forward to support the project. NCRS provided the construction cost share in the amount of 75%, while West Columbia contributed the remainder. The estimated project cost is $222,000.00.
The Natchez Trail Slope Stabilization Project began in mid-September and was completed October 4.
West Columbia Mayor Joe Owens said it was a dynamic response to an emergency situation.
“On behalf of the City Council and citizens of West Columbia, I want to express how thankful we are for the assistance from the NRCS,” said Mayor Owens. “Those homeowners can sleep a lot better knowing their home is now safe from flood waters.”
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