Rocks could protect flood control structures


Claude Monk, chairman of the Limestone-Falls Soil and Water Conservation Board, checks out one of the 22 flood control structures in northwest Limestone County that the Board maintains. The structures, all located in the Coolidge-Tehuacana area, help prevent soil erosion in the Richland Chambers watershed. This structure, called Site 22, is located just off Hwy. 171, just northwest of Tehuacana. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

A new technology involving old materials was introduced at last Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting as a way to protect Limestone County’s flood control structures.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen explained later that the structures are vital to reducing the threat of floods.
“They control the flow of water in the Richland Reservoir watershed, which would otherwise cause flooding during heavy rains,” Burkeen said. “This is a serious threat to our roads and bridges in Precinct 2, which would see a lot of damage if not for these dams holding back a lot of the water.”
Representing the Limestone-Falls board, Ed Schwille proposed trying the technology, which is being used in Kansas and by at least one Texan, a landowner in Alma.
There are 22 flood control structures in Limestone County, all of them in the Tehuacana-Coolidge area, but close to 2,000 such structures stretch between Limestone County and Fort Worth, according to Claude Monk, chairman of the Limestone-Falls Soil and Water Conservation Board. Those in Limestone County were built about 50 years ago with federal funds and are under the authority of three entities: the county, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which is a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Soil and Water Conservation District. Like Burkeen, Monk said the structures play an extremely important role in slowing the flow of potential flood water.

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