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Clark County

October 5, 2009

Clarksville council hears flood of complaints

Residents implore members to fix drainage issues

Person after person — some armed with questions, others with tears — asked the Clarksville Town Council on Monday to fix ongoing drainage problems that have manifested themselves as a result of years of development.

The council —which has appointed a committee to examine issues — assured residents at the night meeting that help was on the way and plans were being developed.

“Water came through the house and just took everything out,” said Donald Callis, a resident of Greentree North. “When is this going to stop?”

Andalusia Avenue Chris Larimer said his backyard has been practically unusable because of mosquitoes in the area, attracted by standing water that overtakes Clarksville’s new Little League park during heavy rains.

“I’m just wondering when this is going to be adequately handled,” he said.

During the Aug. 4 storm — flooding also occurred Sept. 20 — Triangle Drive resident Sally Goodman said water backed up into her home.

“My toilet was a geyser,” she said. “I get a lake every single time it rains.”

Maple Court resident Beth Dorsey said she’s lost track of how many times her home has been flooded during the last decade or so.

“We call our house ‘Lake Dorsey’” anytime it rains. We even purchased a two-man raft,” she said.

Floor joists need to be replaced. Hot water heaters and furnaces have been replaced again and again.

“To me, the infrastructure problem is you all’s responsibility,” she said. “There is no more time for excuses.”

Town officials, numerous times, explained plans to put a large drainage pipe through the area, beneath what is now an abandoned CSX railroad bed.

Brittany Montgomery, speaking on behalf of the town’s new stormwater committee, said acquiring the property has until this point protracted that project.

The railroad company finally did legally abandon the area in 2008.

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