Neighbors in St. Albans Frustrated Over Flooding

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors in an area that's seen recurring flooding problems in recent years are frustrated a permanent fix to the problem hasn't already been put in place.

Residents on Monmouth Street in St. Albans say they're fed up with dealing with this every time there's heavy rain.

"May 2009 is when we got the big flood," neighbor Gary Hager said. "It's happened just about every year now."

Hager says he met with city officials in February but is losing patience with what he perceives as a lack of action.

Neighbors took their concerns to Mayor Dick Calloway at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

"It seems like you're waiting on the rain to quit so we'll shut up," Hager said at the meeting.

The mayor says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did a study on a property on the street. The city wants to enlarge a creek, located above a sewer line, hoping that'll fix what's believed to be causing the issues.

The woman who owns the property was given papers Tuesday night that would give the city permission to get started.

Those papers hadn't been signed or turned in as of Wednesday evening.

Hager says he's looked them over on behalf of his neighbor who owns that property. He says they appear mostly agreeable and likely will be signed soon. That neighbor was not home while we were there Wednesday.


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