The bog sucked up Maxine Dubose’s shoes.
“Be careful where you step,” she warned Margaret Ross, a member of Brundidge City Council. “But, you remember how pretty our yard used to be.”
Dubose, a resident of Johnson Street in Brundidge, is one of six to eight residents who have been coping with the overflow of Mims Creek for more years than she can remember.
During Ross’ 10 years on city council, she was a promoter for residents whose property borders the creek.
“So many times we Johnson Street property owners would go to city council meetings and ask and plead for something to be done,” Dubose said. “But, there was always a reason – from inability to access property to government/environmental regulations. All the while, the creek filled with sand and mud and the water continued to rise until it flowed over our properties and took over much of our backyards. Standing water has killed our plants and trees. It flooded the workshops and hangars. You can see where it is now.
Mims Creek no longer appears to be a creek. There is no “bed” in which he can run.
Dubose’s backyard is now a swamp “or swamp”, as are other homeowners’ properties along the creek.
“Everyone in our neighborhood is and has been dealing with this issue,” Dubose said. “Bertrum and I bought this property in 1956. For years we had a lovely back yard and enjoyed it so much. Now I don’t even go out in the back anymore. I worry about snakes and, in summer, mosquitoes.
Dubose said several original owners of Johnson Street died thinking their efforts to fix the Mims Creek problem were in vain.
“I want to know that I did everything I could,” Dubose said. “Margaret (Ross) understands what this has been and is for us. She said the Pike County Commission is aware of the Mims Creek issue and is working with the city to find a solution. I’m afraid to hope again.
Mims Creek is in the district of Pike County Commissioner Chad Copeland. He said, there is hope.
“A few years ago, several residents of Johnson Street in Brundidge contacted me and asked for help with flooding and erosion issues along Mims Creek,” Copeland said. “I called the Town of Brundidge and found that they had been working on a solution to this problem for years. In early 2020, the Commission agreed to add the Mims Creek project that the Town of Brundidge had prepared for our risk mitigation plan.
After Hurricane Sally in September 2020, FEMA announced the availability of grant funds for Pike County Commission Mitigation Plan projects, Copeland said.
“The Commission voted unanimously to request funds to partner with Brundidge on the Mims Creek project as well as to purchase three storm shelters, additional emergency traffic barriers, weather radios to distribute in the county and marketing funds to help increase attendance. in our Smart 911/Rave Alerts program,” Copeland said. “As of today, we are still awaiting the release of funds from FEMA, but we are confident that it will eventually happen.”