Florence residents have growing safety concerns with large culvert

Hickory Hill residents in Florence are concerned for their children's safety due to a large culvert.

Posted: Nov 29, 2017 5:45 PM
Updated: Nov 29, 2017 9:49 PM

People in a Florence neighborhood are asking city leaders to fix a large culvert that is causing safety concerns.

The culvert is just off of Arlington Boulevard and runs under Monticello Road in the Hickory Hills neighborhood. The culvert has a couple of homes that back right up to it.

"Eventually our fences will cave in," said Darrell Campbell, a Hickory Hills resident whose fence is now only feet away from the culvert.

Campbell told WAAY 31 since he moved in four years ago, the ditch has eroded. It's about 23 feet wide in some parts and at least 10 feet deep in other areas.

"The erosion has progressively come toward the fence. I have some areas I fill in with dirt," said Campbell.

Campbell and his neighbors said the most concerning part is when it rains, and the large culvert fills with water.

"It's like white water. It really is," said Campbell.

BJ Brewer's home backs up to the ditch too, and with three small children, he fears it could become deadly when it rains.

"It most certainly could kill someone," said Brewer.

District four city councilperson Michelle Eubanks told WAAY31 she has met with multiple neighbors about their concerns with the culvert. She is hoping to come up with a solution to make the culvert safe and stop the erosion.

"She's been great. She has gone above and beyond for us," said Brewer. "We feel like the city has been attentive in the process, but we're hoping things continue to move forward."

Until a solution is found, Brewer said he and his neighbors all help each other out making sure no children get in the culvert.

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