County approves emergency action to shore up erosion near foundation

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 11, 2000

Warren County will spend about $20,000 to correct an erosion problem threatening the foundation of the Bovina Volunteer Fire Department.

Supervisors authorized the county road department to begin repairs at the department where water has begun washing away fill dirt from under the structure.

Firefighters have placed plastic drop cloths over the affected areas to prevent further erosion, Warren County Volunteer Fire Coordinator Kelly Worthy said.

“We’ve got a Band-Aid on it right now,” Worthy said.

Rhea Fuller, county road manager, said road crews would be pulled off other jobs to get to the project. Work is expected to begin at the fire department on Willow Creek Drive in October, he said.

“It’s something that needs to be done before we get into a rainy season,” Fuller said.

The repair process will involve hauling in dirt to replace areas that have been washed away, placing stone in drainage areas and other drainage work to move the water away from the building, Fuller said.

The work is expected to take three weeks, he said.

“Time is of the essence on this project,” Fuller said.

The structure being threatened by erosion was built as an addition to the department. Despite the lack of rain this summer, water runoff from the area has caused one piece of concrete to collapse.