Neighbors Frustrated with Repeat High Water Problems

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ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County has been hit hard by flash flooding during the past several days, but people in one neighborhood are fed up and frustrated about the repeat high water problems.

Wednesday was cleanup day on Monmouth Street in St. Albans. It's become sort of a routine for neighbors there who constantly deal with high-water headaches like the one Tuesday night.

“All the mud and debris gets down in them,” Gary Hager, a neighbor, said about the drains. “They get clogged up, and all the water just backs up in the street.”

Hager says this happens every time it rains.

“When this drain gets blocked, the basement gets flooded,” he said.

It's not just homes. Once the water's in the street, it’s not long before it's in cars, too.

“This is the third car I’ve lost in the past three years -- setting right here (on the street),” Hager said.

St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway says the system isn't the problem.

“All the water that's coming down is the result of heavy rain,” Callaway said. “It's something that happens that's an act of God.”

But neighbors aren't convinced.

“We feel like this is something that shouldn't have to happen,” Brad Harvey, a flood victim, said.

“I've spoken to the mayor. I've spoken to city council,” Hager said. “I don't know what else to do.”

Callaway says before anything can be done, neighbors need to fill out an incident report.

Neighbors say they plan to take the matter up again at the next city council meeting.


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