All that Glitters....is it Gold????? (Part 1)
Guest Post - by Tom Corrigan
You may have seen this wonderful article that was posted by the Johns Creek City Communications Department on February 8, 2018. If not, take a peek.
Johns Creek tops 24/7 Wall Street's Best Cities to Live in Every State, with our home town listed at #1 in Georgia.
While you read this, it confirms how correct you were in your decision to move to such a lovely place. However, do you ever think about certain parts of the life we live within the city and ask, "How can we make it better?" While it is nice to get an "Atta Boy!" pat on the back, and note of recognition, should we just ignore, or "shove under the rug" something that has been a growing problem over 25 years, and is showing signs of being a safety issue for our families, friends, and loved ones?
Sometimes, pictures are worth a thousand words. Let's NOT become the city pictured on one of my favorite LP album covers from 1975 by Supertramp - "Crisis? What Crisis?"
So what am I even talking about? Join me on a journey of pictures of what it was like this past Wednesday February 7, 2018, when Johns Creek experienced less than 1 inch of rain (0.95 to be exact). So how could this even affect my beautiful life in Wonderland?
Let's see what I call "cause and effect" and the role it is playing in our lives daily. These were provide by multiple residents who all live within Johns Creek and have been watching "the accident looking for a place to happen" within our treasured city we call Johns Creek.
Let's begin with the (TPA) Technology Park Lakes/Retention Ponds which drain by going under Route 141 as they head to Johns Creek. Side note: the city owns these locations.
In the third photo above, you can see the culvert in the background. Here, the water is about 10' wide. By the time we reach Old Alabama Rd., it will be 30' wide.
The first photo above shows the retention pond in Technology Park, where the silt fence was left behind after construction, even though they are to be removed. The second photo is the retention pond near Johns Creek Walk, where another silt fence was left behind.
The photos above were all taken along Abbotts Bridge Road. You can see the speed, width, depth,and erosion in this area due to storm water, and the effects of less than one inch of rain.
The photos above move us south to Parsons Road. At this point, several tributaries are merging to become Johns Creek. The volume of water as a result of runoff from impervious surfaces combine to reach a point where culverts are in danger of becoming overwhelmed. Again, this is with less than one inch of rainfall.
The photos above show Johns Creek as is passes through DoubleGate, and then Medlock Bridge neighborhoods. The creek is about to overflow its banks. The effects of the volume and speed of the water is evident in the trees that are overhanging, and in the process of losing their ground hold due to erosion.
The photos above show Johns Creek at State Bridge Road, then under Old Alabama Road. At Old Alabama Road, you can see the water rushing along a pipe that is normally four to five feet above the water level. At this downstream point, Johns Creek has already risen that much higher - all as the result of less than one inch of rain.
Next Part - What Can We Do?