Lebanon Reporter

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August 21, 2012

County will clear clogged banks of Prairie Creek

Lebanon — Trees and brush will be removed from the banks of Prairie Creek from Sam Ralston Road to Main Street by the Boone County Surveyor’s office, but no time has been set for the project to start.

It’s taken nearly a year to obtain permits for the work from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Surveyor Ken Hedge said.

Before the clearing begins, crews will remove riprap — stones used to stabilize the creek banks — from under bridges throughout the city, Hedge said. In several spots, children playing in the creek have built impromptu dams two to three feet high, he said. That blocks stream flow and can lead to flooding.

Already the county has stabilized riprap and cleared the creek’s banks downstream of Sam Ralston Road to Dead End Road.

“The next section will be pretty easy, because we won’t be in everybody’s backyard,” Hedge said. When that is complete, however, the drainage board expect complaints from some people who won’t want trees removed.

“Most people don’t want it clear cut, and I don’t want it either,” Hedge said. “There are some people who are going to be very cooperative, and some won’t.”

For more of the story, see Tuesday’s The Lebanon Reporter or subscribe to the eEdition.

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