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Crooked Creek marked by floods

Published on May 18, 2012 by in History Q&A

Muddy Crooked Creek floodwaters (left) washed through this building in 1910.

Question: I have lived here since 1991 and often wondered why major flood control of Crooked Creek has not been considered? By flood control, I refer to a dam, not a small weir and levee as the city has now.

Answer: As long as this writer can remember, this has been discussed many, many times – not just locally but on a state level too. Checking old records and viewing pictures from years gone by proves just how bad flooding has been along Crooked Creek. Not only has the town of Harrison been the recipient of damaging waters, but farms and communities all along the creek have also suffered.

The downtown area has been hit hard many times and an old collection of photos and picture postcards from 1900 thru the 1920s show just how devastating some of the flooding has been. When a huge downpour of rain soaks the ground and runoff fills Crooked Creek and Dry Jordan to overflowing, then high flood water is expected – and dreaded.

 
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