Watershed group provides $3,700 in drainage assistance to Florala

Published 12:22 am Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority provided $3,750 to assist the City of Florala with the repair of a drainage ditch on the north side of Lake Jackson.

The drainage ditch was not trenched at an adequate depth originally, which impeded the flow of water.

To correct the program, the city excavated the ditch to a proper depth and installed 420 feet of corrugated pipewhich directed water flow toward the inlets and eliminated standing water and erosion problems.

Donald Thornton, Commissioner Harold Elmore, Assistant Ag Commissioner Glen Zorn, Sen. Jimmy Holley, Mayor Robert Williamson, Cliff Prescott and Garry Maxey were on hand for a check presentation.

Curb inlets, boxes, couplers, concrete flumes and grilles were installed, and 40 truckloads of dirt were used to cover the area.

Making the changes “paves the way” for the extension of the walk path around Lake Jackson. Mayor Robert Williamson said the path can now be extended through the RV park to the Florida line.