I filed my first Freedom of Information Act request – better known as an “FOIA” request – asking for information about Thieme Drive and the City’s plans to destroy it.
I received a couple of calls from a city attorney to clarify a couple of items, but other than that, I haven’t heard about the materials I requested. Of course, those who read my blog know how much I love this small, little corner of the world and how much I loathe the City’s attempts to tear down the river environment and erect an ugly, concrete wall.
As far as I am concerned, the City is responsible for the increased flooding in my area. After the completion of an extensive wall that was erected to protect the Nebraska neighborhood from flooding, this area began to flood more frequently. How do I know? Well, I have lived here now for 14 years, and, since the 2001 completion of the Nebraska Wall, this small “cup” area has flooded five times in six years: July 2003, June 2004, January 2005, February 2008, and March 2009.
Of course, the City personnel simply tell me I am not an engineer so I really have no understanding of river dynamics. But I do have common sense, and common sense tells me that if you wall off water from spreading out in one area where it has typically gone, it will seek an open and lower level to spread out. Unfortunately, that is now my area.
The City keeps slapping up short-sighted flood measures such as berms, levees, and walls, and, with each one , it marches toward the destruction of Thieme Drive – an historical drive named after Fort Wayne entrepreneur Theodore Thieme, and which is probably the last river drive left in Fort Wayne.
So, I will see what I get from my first FOIA. And, believe me, I will certainly let you know via my blog.