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Hartselle Enquirer

Falkville residents ask council for flood relief

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Robinson Creek Road residents petitioned Falkville Town Council to take action to alleviate flooding in their neighborhood at a work session on Feb. 23.

Susan Wright was the lead spokesperson for the five homeowners and members of their families who were represented at the meeting.

“Our homes are constantly being flooded,” she reported. “It happens every time it rains one to two inches. One house was lost and others were badly damaged on Christmas Day.”

“My husband and I have lived in the same house for 38 years and we’ve never seen  flooding this bad,” Wright added. “We’re ready to move unless something is done to correct the problem.”
Another homeowner said he put his furniture on concrete blocks to protect it from rising water Christmas Day.

“I had 16 inches of water in one part of my house,” he pointed out.

“We’re here as a community because we’re tired of being flooded,” Wright stated. “What can you do to help us?”

“We respect your concerns,” said Don Stisher, Morgan County District 3 Commissioner. “We’re seen the problem and we’ve  helped you clean up after a flood,” Stisher pointed out.  “We’ve had three 100-year floods in the last two to three years and your homes are located in a flood plain. That has not helped your situation.”

“The creek that floods is a tributary of the Tennessee River,” he added. “TVA controls the flow of water and the U.S. Corps of Engineers monitors the creek.  I would suggest that a letter be written to the Corps of Engineers detailing the flooding problem as it relates to the creek. Also, I think it’s important for each of you to understand fully the provisions of your flood insurance policies.  A review of the policies by the town attor

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