A flood of memories

Bob Miller, left, and Janie Rees-Miller walk their porch cats, Benjamin and Ms. Lucy, down Rees Lane to view the Hinkson Creek on Thursday in Columbia. Hinkson Creek reached “action” levels Wednesday, peaking at 13.61 feet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A retired English professor, Rees-Miller walks her cats daily on her century farm, which has been in the Rees family since her grandfather Thomas Rees, who emigrated from Wales, founded it in 1911. She and her sister used to swim in the creek bed, where there was a sand bar they called “Treasure Island” and a boulder called “Mermaid Rock.” In the 1950s, Rees-Miller recalled, a bad polio outbreak limited their time in the creek. “Mother would not let us swim,” Rees-Miller said.

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