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Golf course pumps help our inundated community

Editor: Storm water runoff comes to Magnolia Valley from a series of retention ponds, drains, ditches and culverts located upstream as far away as the county building complex. It continues through the Orangewood subdivision, Grand Valley Mobile Homes Park and Osteen Estates subdivision.

This water enters Magnolia Valley's system of drains and ditches, which goes through the golf course on the way to the gulf. This system has been in place for many years and is now too small to handle the increased runoff created by the county's over development. Additional water enters the valley through backyard surface connections, as well as Osteen Road, where there is no drainage system available to it.

The result is overflow onto the golf course. When the golf course is filled, the system is completely filled and consequently, when additional water arrives in the form of more rain, it has nowhere to go, and it backs up and flows into the homes.

This September, flooding caused more than 30 houses in Magnolia Valley alone to receive at least some water. (Tami Turner, the civic association president, has a list of afflicted houses with photographs of some of the damage.) When the golf course pumps are operating, this overflow condition is kept under control, and the inundation of houses kept to a minimum or prevented entirely.

Thus, far from being a villain that is causing downstream neighbors to flood, the golf course pumps are keeping this (Magnolia Valley) subdivision from being completely flooded by storm water runoff coming from our neighbors located upstream to our north and east. Like them, we are simply passing on this unwelcome water. The golf course pumps are our only means of doing this, hence our only means of keeping our heads above water.

Magnolia Valley Golf Course pumping is not being done solely for the benefit of the golf course. It is saving this entire community of 692 homes.

John Woodward, New Port Richey

With no cash to carry,

a kind act saves day

Editor: In this day and age of computers, DVDs and ATMs, there might come the need to carry cash. Hurricane Jeanne has been a reality check for all of us. During one of the lulls in the storm, I went to get some dinner for my family. Just as I left the house, the power went out.

Calling Beef O' Brady's in Mitchell Plaza, they took my order even though they had no power. On the way there, I decided to see if I could get cash from an ATM knowing that credit/debt cards don't work. No surprise, the power is out all over southwest Pasco county.

Arriving at the restaurant, I grab my checkbook and hope for the best. After telling the staff that I don't have cash, I ask if a check will do. The waitress who took my order went back to the manager and to my surprise I was told to take the food and leave without worrying about the check.

This act of kindness is to be commended. To Matt and his staff at Beef O' Brady's at Mitchell Plaza, a big thank you.

Robert M. Borsky, New Port Richey

"Times' Web site keeps

reader connected to home

Editor: Thank you for your Web site service. I am visiting in Minnesota and Wisconsin during this time and heard that we were again hit with another storm.

It is not enough with the terrorist situation, job losses, health care issues, and other major state and country issues, we Floridians have nature to contend with as well. Over which we have no control except with early detection and clean up after the fact.

Your Web site gives me information I may not otherwise have regarding my home area. And although I am a subscriber to the printed paper, the Web site keeps me connected at home while away.

We are truly a think global, work locally society.

Patsy V. Cook, New Port Richey