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Dry Creek dry no longer, resident blames St. Robert for flooding
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (April 26, 2010) — Heavy rain continues to cause problems not only for county road workers but also for residents who are facing flooding and other water problems.

Among the problem areas is an area east of St. Robert known as Dry Creek, where spring water runoff can cause serious problems for residents. Arthur Lambert, who lives on the 16000 grid of Twilight Lane, came to Monday morning’s meeting of the county commission and said commissioners should ask the city of St. Robert for help because the water causing problems on his land ran downhill from areas within the St. Robert city limits.

“Since half of the city of St. Robert has filled that little dry gulch, I think they ought to help you clean that out,” Lambert said.

Eastern District Commissioner Bill Farnham agreed that the water comes from St. Robert and said the construction of Freedom Elementary School by the Waynesville R-VI School District created the issue.

“Dry Creek is not dry tonight behind his home… all that water goes down from Eastlawn to Twilight,” Farnham said. “Freedom has a great big retention pond that gets filled to the brim.”

“He didn’t have that problem until Freedom was built,” said Presiding Commissioner Don McCulloch.

Lambert said he has an additional suggestion of how Pulaski County could obtain money. According to him, even though he lives outside the St. Robert city limits, his zip code forces him to pay city sales taxes on some purchases made over the internet.

“I don’t mind paying my taxes, but I mind paying city taxes when I live outside the city limits; you guys ought to get a refund for the county,” Lambert said.

“I didn’t know they were collecting taxes on internet sales,” said County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer.

“I do from certain retailers,” Lambert said, citing iTunes as an example. “When I buy stuff off the internet it asks for my zip code and it says I live in the city limits.”

Farnham said he’s limited in how much he can do to help his constituents.

“I had a voicemail from an irate citizen who had a culvert back up and water got into their house,” Farnham said. “We can’t make any progress getting our roads fixed until this rain stops.”

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