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Previous bank stabilization projects

Anderson County, TN County Executive Rex Lynch presented a check for $95,873 from Anderson County FEMA Project Impact to the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation to complete four additional bank stabilization projects along Coal Creek. 

Check being presented by Anderson County Executive Rex Lynch and
FEMA representative Joe Rachel
(L to R:  Rex Lynch, Winfrey Hayes, Rosemary Phillips, Briceville Principal Tom Braden, Brenda Tinker, Joe Rachel,
Mary Rhea, Rev. Roy Daugherty)

In 2000, Anderson County received a grant from FEMA to address flooding problems in Coal Creek.  Funding from that grant paid for materials to enable volunteers to stabilize a steep bank in front of three homes in Briceville.  In addition to the bank stabilization work, volunteer deadwood and debris removal workdays have kept bridges across Coal Creek and Beech Grove Fork unobstructed, reducing the frequency of flooding.  In 2002, FEMA recognized these community projects with a national “Model Special Projects Award”.  Based on this success, FEMA and Anderson County are providing the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc. with an additional grant to complete four more bank stabilization projects.

Bank stabilization by
Coal Creek volunteers

Deadwood and debris obstructing flow through bridge piers being removed by Coal Creek volunteers

According to CCWF Board Member Rev. Roy Daugherty, “This is the way government should work.  Communities where residents are willing to roll up their sleeves and get their feet wet working in the creek should be the ones rewarded with government assistance.  All we need is a hand, not a handout.”   

Volunteer community work days on the projects will begin in September as soon as permits are issued by TVA, the Corps of Engineers, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.  Projects include bank stabilization at Briceville School and near the homes of Mildred Curnutt, Winfrey Hayes, and Rosemary Phillips.  

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