I’ve walked and driven
by the Periwinkle Creek culvert countless times over the past 30 years, and never paid attention any attention to it.
That changed last Wednesday night after Chris Wilgus’ 1992 Buick LeSabre was swept into the creek and the culvert, resulting in the deaths of Cathy Sue and Aiden McLaughlin and Maliki Wilgus being placed on life support in a Portland hospital.
I gave Entertertainer writer Cory Frye a ride home Tuesday evening from Corvallis. As we drove north on Geary Street approaching Queen Avenue, we both looked to our right cheapest cialis prices in the direction of the open-ended culvert.
We all look now.
I find myself in support of pleas by Cathy Sue’s mother, Felicia McLaughlin, and others to put a grate or something over the east end of the culvert.
I’m no structural engineer, but maybe just a couple steel rods would do it — something that would hold back big stuff, but let the flotsam through.
I was shooting video this morning at the grand opening of the Walmart store. I saw Mayor Sharon Konopa, City Manager Wes Hare and Councilman Floyd Collins there, so I asked them about the Periwinkle Creek culvert.
They all expressed concerns, and said there would be a discussion about the culvert at tonight’s city council meeting, which starts at 7:15. That’s a great first step.
Across town at same time at Phoenix Inn Suites, the lives of Cathy Sue and Aiden McLaughlin will be celebrated.
It seems fitting on the evening when people gather to remember this mother and child, whose beautiful picture appeared on the front page of the Democrat-Herald and on our website, that the city council will have a serious talk and explore ways to ensure that there will not be another tragedy at the Periwinkle Creek culvert.