Flooding Issues Expected to Subside in St. Albans

SAINT ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- To some, the idea of waterfront property seems enticing.

However, for Jane Miller, it's a hassle.

"If it's raining during the night, I stay up, I look out the doors just to see what it's going to do," Miller said.

Miller's front yard along Monmouth Street in St. Albans becomes flooded following a downpour, when a nearby stream turns into a lake.

"Everybody on this block has had problems," said neighbor Gary Hager.

Hager lives right across the road. In the past five years, the overflow has totaled three cars and come into his home twice.

"Things that we've lost in the basement before, those are irreplaceable items," Hager said, "you know, family heirlooms, pictures, video tapes."

The problem is a creek bed that's too narrow and too shallow, continuing to collect sediment.

Now, there is a plan to wash away some of these issues.

The city of Saint Albans finally has approval to dredge the waterway, as well as replace an old culvert downstream underneath Walnut Street.

The Army Corps of Engineers is allowing the city to dig a deeper trench along Miller's property.

By July, the stream should be flood free.

However, Saint Alban's mayor and city engineer say tearing up Walnut Street will take much longer.

Still, neighbors say the relief of being able to sleep through a storm without worry is worth the wait.

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