Some people in Madison County are pleading for help as their homes continue to flood on rainy days.
Folks in the Whitt Haven neighborhood in Toney have dealt with many flooding issues in the past.
Now they get nervous every time rain's in the forecast.
“We have a wonderful neighborhood," Mike Elmore said. "Our neighborhood is really good. It’s a very strong watch neighborhood.”
Elmore can’t say enough good things about his neighborhood.
However, he says there is one major problem that needs to be addressed.
“We have a terrible water issue.”
Elmore is one of many in the Whitt Haven neighborhood who’ve dealt with multiple flooding issues in the past.
“I had about eight inches of water that was standing in the garage and damage to some things that I had on the floor of the garage," said Elmore's neighbor, Lynn Key.
It’s a problem they never expected.
“When I bought my home, I made sure it wasn’t in a flood plain," Elmore said. "Who wants to deal with that? I certainly don’t.”
But after losing sentimental items and business equipment because of four feet of water getting into his garage, Elmore spent thousands of dollars to clean up--just like his neighbor.
“That four thousand dollars could’ve went somewhere else to help my family in some ways," Key said.
They say it’s caused unnecessary anxiety--especially if it rains when they’re not at home.
“We literally will message anyone that we think is in the neighborhood: ‘How’s the water look?’”
Elmore says the county commissioner knows about their problem because they’ve discussed it for a while now, and that’s why he’s upset that nothing has been done yet.
“There’s been a lot of talk about doing something, but we haven’t seen the will to make it happen," Elmore said.
Key says if the problem were somewhere else in the county, he thinks it would be a different story.
“It seems like we’re the red-headed stepchild that’s over to the side," Key said.
Neighbors tell WAAY 31 they’d be okay with a retainment pond, bigger culverts, or really anything that would keep water from damaging their property value and costing them even more money.