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Dry Run: Addressing a creek in need of attention

Amid recent flooding threats, Dry Run Creek will be getting the attention Public Works Director Kyle Croce believes it deserves. Croce provided the Mitchell City Council with extensive details about the plans he's been developing to help reduce f...

City of Mitchell Public Works Director Kyle Croce is looking to widen some of the channels along Dry Run Creek to help reduce flooding. According to Croce, approximately 12,500-feet of the creek would undergo improvements, which spans from Foster Street to the Highway 37 Bypass. (Matt Gade / Republic)
City of Mitchell Public Works Director Kyle Croce is looking to widen some of the channels along Dry Run Creek to help reduce flooding. According to Croce, approximately 12,500-feet of the creek would undergo improvements, which spans from Foster Street to the Highway 37 Bypass. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Amid recent flooding threats, Dry Run Creek will be getting the attention Public Works Director Kyle Croce believes it deserves.

Croce provided the Mitchell City Council with extensive details about the plans he's been developing to help reduce flooding potential in the creek during Monday's meeting at City Hall, where the council unanimously approved the agreement to construct a design plan with a consultant.

"It's an area that needs some attention, and some overgrowth of vegetation and silt in the creek bed have caused some issues we are looking to correct," Croce said.

Because the creek narrows in several areas, Croce said he's looking to widen some of the channels along Dry Run Creek to help reduce flooding. According to Croce, approximately 12,500-feet of the creek would undergo improvements, which spans from Foster Street to the Highway 37 Bypass.

"In some cases we would look to widen the channels, but in other areas we would look to construct some berms and clean out some of the culverts and crossings," Croce said.

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Berms are mounded hills of dirt or fill constructed to redirect water flow. Dry Run Creek is a drainage basin for the southern portion of the city, which has contributed to excess runoff flowing into the creek. And over the years, Croce said the creek has collected a significant amount of silt and debris.

With the council's approval, the city will enter into an agreement with Infrastructure Design Group, Inc. to assist in coordinating a design plan aimed at alleviating flooding that's been taking place in several areas of the creek. The city will pay Infrastructure Design Group, Inc. $80,000 for its consulting services.

"We want to do some delineation to understand where the wetland and creek bottom was and should be," Croce said. "We will look to do some slope stabilization as well, and we would remove the silt and haul it out."

Councilwoman Susan Tjarks raised a question around the removal of the silt in the creek bed, asking Croce if crews would dredge the silt.

In response to Tjarks, Croce said the process would also include "mechanical Earth sculpting," meaning crews would manipulate some of the silt to aid the desired changes.

According to Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson, several residents along Dry Run Creek have voiced concerns about the ongoing East Central Drainage project and stormwater phase of the Sanborn Boulevard project, which are expected to bring more water drainage and flow through the creek area.

"This project kind of addresses their concerns of the increase in water flow in relation to the East Central Drainage project and Sanborn project," Everson said.

Through the help of the city's consultant, Croce anticipates to secure permits from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for rehabilitating the creek channel.

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The design process is expected to be complete within two years, in part, due to the permits needed by the DENR and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Croce noted the agreement involves seeking public input from residents for phase design suggestions. Croce said Infrastructure Design Group will be in charge with the surveying process.

"We're starting the surveying process this week, and we will work with Infrastructure Design Group on the delineation plan this summer," Croce said.

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