The Borough of Jim Thorpe recently finished renovations on the Slaughterhouse Creek project. For years, the water in Slaughterhouse Creek ran wildly causing erosion and damages to the foliage in the surrounding area. The project, which started about a year ago, was designed to slow the creek waters.
Slaughterhouse Creek is located near the L.B Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe. The creek flows from around 10th Street to 8th street.
Borough Manager, Wesley Johnson stated, "The creek filled up like crazy with the water really rushing through there."
"The drainage from all the way up the mountain would channel off near the L.B. Morris and over into the creek, especially in heavy rain," he added.
AR Popple, who contracted the project, placed stone pools in the creek. The stone pools are like stone stairs to aid the flow of water. The stone pools will also help to stabilize the bank of the creek.
"What it's going to do is stop the erosion and eliminate the flowing sediment into the Lehigh River. What it was really designed to do is to slow down the velocity of the water," said Johnson.
"I think the results speak for themselves. The creek looks nice and inviting now," Johnson added.