The staff handles the aftermath of heavy rainfall; mowing has been slow; dam spraying has been postponed.
“Staff response to the heavy rainfall event last week was amazing,” declared Todd Noles, HSVPOA Superintendent of Lakes, Dams, Common Property, and Forests. Noles stressed that he was very pleased with how the Village crews from different Public Service divisions worked together to handle the torrential downpour damage.
Exhibiting exemplary teamwork during the rainfall event, several divisions of the Public Services Department worked together on Thursday, May 11. They managed to stay on top of the problems caused by the extraordinary deluge. “It is considered a disaster,” shared Noles. Common Property, Streets, and Public Utility personnel worked in tandem to remove trees and debris from the road and clear mudslide rubble.
Noles said on Friday, May 12, that the crews were already preparing washed-out roads for repair. This work was accomplished despite the continued rain. Noels said that on early Friday morning, staff had already hauled off three large loads of brush and debris from the Village roads. “We are trying to make it so Village roadways are safe and Villagers are mobile,” explained Noles.
At the Public Services Committee meeting on Thursday, May 11, Director of Public Services Ken Unger reported that the rain caused a dock and boat to wash away, homes and roads were flooded, and culverts were clogged. A person had to be rescued. Unger said, “We have landslides occurring. The good news is the area we previously fixed on Jarandilla is holding up, but there are more landslides on Jarandilla.” (See links below to previous Jarandilla landslide articles.) Most of the problems from the rainfall event were in known problem areas.
Click here to read HSV POA PUBLIC SERVICES ADDRESSES MUDSLIDE IN HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE.
Click here to read MOTHER NATURE NOT KIND TO HSV – MUDSLIDES RETURN.
Click here to read MUDSLIDE – JARANDILLA DRIVE UPDATE.
Noles said the cleanup and repair efforts continue into this week. The crews still have trees to pick up, lake debris to clean up, and mudslide material to remove. “The crews are working hard, chiseling away at it,” said Noles.
Lake DeSoto Spillway Bridge Flood May 11, 2023
Mowing plans were interrupted due to heavy rainfall
On another note, “The rain put a big damper on the mowing plans last week, and we could only mow a few days,” explained Noles. The mowers are still working on mowing the residential streets off of Elcano. Crews are also heading west and working on residential streets east of Ponce de Leon. Click here to read the previous mowing article.
dam spraying postponed
Additionally, it was previously reported (click here) that drone dam spraying was set to convene on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, but has now been postponed until Monday, May 22, 2023. Residents should stay off of the dams while spraying is occurring.
Report by Cheryl Dowden; photos by POA; video by Joe Dowden
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