Mayor Ken Adams recently had the opportunity to address the Corp of Engineers regarding the need to stabilize, realign, and widen Nolehole and Shelby Branch Creeks. The meeting took place on August 23, 2022, on a Corp of Engineers riverboat vessel named “Mississippi” that was docked in Memphis, on the Mississippi River.
Nolehole Creek is located in an urban area of Olive Branch. Many homes and subdivision properties back directly up to this creek. Nolehole also passes through Wedgewood Golf Course. The steep, nearly vertical banks of this creek and erosion concerns, are clearly visible from Pleasant Hill Road. Several plans have been discussed with the Corp in the past, including placing gabion baskets on the banks to prevent impact to smaller lots and widening areas of the creek in areas to stabilize, slow erosion, and protect adjacent landowner properties.
Shelby Branch Creek is located in an urban area of Olive Branch as well. Many homes, businesses, and roads such as Yahweh are impacted by flooding from this creek. It has several areas where banks are caving in and trees are blocking the flow of water. In other areas, ditch cross sections appear to be undersized which causes flooding of adjacent businesses and streets.
A County-wide drainage study was conducted by the Corp of Engineers that made some improvements eligible for Nolehole and Shelby Branch Creeks, with local participation.
Mayor Adams and the Board of Aldermen will continue to request assistance from the Corp to find solutions to ongoing drainage problems by utilizing the experience and resources they can provide. Flooding and erosion caused by major drainage creeks like these are significantly beyond the budgets of cities and assistance from federal entities are necessary to enact improvements that in many cases impact multiple cities and counties.