The motion for a study on the Meherrin River and its flooding problems was unanimously passed, 4-0, Tuesday during the regular meeting of the Greensville County Board of Supervisors.
Harvey Baker, district conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said he and other agencies are working to keep the Meherrin River from flooding. They submitted a letter requesting to have a study done on how to clean the river. The first $100,000 they need for the study will be provided by the government, and after that the county will pay 50 percent of the cost.
“I started this project in 1997 and we still haven’t gotten anywhere. It stays on people’s minds as long as the river is high,” Baker said.
The City of Emporia has also had issues with Meherrin River flooding in the Veterans Park area and recently approved a motion to send a letter of request to have a study done.