The Trion Town Council voted to accept the bid of local businessman B.J. Gambill of B and J Construction for the demolition of up to 10 houses, but not before receiving assurances Gambill would pay approximately $8,000 in back taxes owed to the town.
(Video was taken by Trion resident DewayneTreadaway with a small aerial drone).
Christmas night emergency personnel went door to door in Trion’s “Frog Town” section warning residents that the surging Chattooga River was within inches of spilling over the decades-old levee that runs along Second Street.
The river crested just below the levee top, making what could have been a disastrous situation a spooky near miss.
Now, a group of city, county and state officials are looking at ways to avoid similar (or much worse) scenarios in the future.
Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters, Trion Mayor Larry Stansell, State Sen. Jeff Mullis and officials with the state’s Soil and Water Conservation Commission are looking at ways to reduce the chances of future flooding.
“We have officials from Soil and Water up here several times to see what we are dealing with,” said Winters. “The state owns the levee and the area next to the river and we’re hoping to get state money to fix this problem.”
Winters believes the main problem along the River at Trion is the lack of attention shown to the levee, which lies on the northern bank of the river, and the flood plain to the south.
“There are trees growing in the levee; that’s not a good thing” said Winters. “There’s a lot of vegetation there. The south side has trees and brush. When we get a lot of rain the water starts to back up there and cause problems.”