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Is there a problem with drainage at Burnt Mill Creek near the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway?

Patrick Gannon
StarNews

No, you’re not hallucinating. The water levels in Burnt Mill Creek might be unusually high these days, but it doesn’t necessarily have to do with rain or the roadway.

The City of Wilmington is responsible for maintaining the creek. Richard King, Wilmington’s Public Services director, said there’s a breach in the earth near the tide gates back by the Love Grove neighborhood, which is allowing water to back up into Burnt Mill Creek. King said the city plans to contract with an engineering firm as early as June 2009 to design a fix for the problem. He said construction on improvements might begin this year, adding that there have been some minor flooding issues along 21st Street. Muck dredging is not an option because environmental regulations prohibit the city from doing it.

We will update this post when the work begins.

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One Response to “ Is there a problem with drainage at Burnt Mill Creek near the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway?”

  1. On August 9, 2009 at 9:56 am Landon King wrote:

    “Environmental regulations prohibit muck dredging.” That’s a laugh. The environment of that creek was destroyed long ago. When I Participated in UNCW’s ocean lab several years ago we canoed up that creek to pick up trash. when sticking a pike down through the water I found that there are layers upon layers of garbage, dead animals, and other disgusting things starting from Princess Place Drive all the way down to the tide gates. Maybe if they pulled all the trash out of the creek it would flow a little better. LOL!



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