Solutions In The Works To Stem Flooding At Cherokee High School Football Field

By  | June 15, 2018 | Filed under: News

CHEROKEE– On Thursday, June 14 the second meeting to discuss ways to control flooding problems at Cherokee High School football field was held at Cherokee High School. This meeting was held to discuss which drainage system could best benefit the school.

The decision that either a French drain or a swell would be the best fit according to engineer Kelley Taft of The Kelley Group.

According to Taft of the Kelley Group, a Civil Engineering Company, “The goal is to move the water quickly from the field.”

Before a decision on which method is used to move the water, Taft said a geotechnical engineer will come to the site next week to take samples of the soil.

“Once the geotech provides a report, the final option will be selected,” Taft said. “We anticipate a combination of both.”

Cherokee High Principal Pam Worsham said an underground spring may be contributing to some of the flooding and  the geotechnical engineer will also determine if that is the case.

State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow has been instrumental in bringing this flooding problem to the forefront and will continue to be a part of the solution, said he hopes other companies will become involved in this project as has The Kelley Group and Vulcan Materials Company.

A spokesperson from Vulcan Materials Company says Vulcan Material has agreed to provide gravel for the project and The Kelley Group has also provided engineering services at no charge.

A French drain: a drainage system that uses a gravel filled trench and perforated pipes to direct the flow of water in a particular direction.

A swell:  a shallow grassed ditch that can direct water away from an area but can still be mowed.

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