Sheffield officials exploring options to prevent flooding on Shoals Avenue

The floodwaters didn't damage any homes, but residents hope the city will fix the problem.

Posted: Jul 17, 2018 4:20 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2018 5:57 PM

Flooding issues hit a Sheffield neighborhood after drainage ditches clogged up after recent rains on Saturday.

Rebecca Southard, lives on Shoals Avenue in Sheffield, she said Saturday was a wash out and floodwaters were getting close to her home.

"This was 20 1/2 half inches deep," said Southard, as she showed us how high the floodwaters got in her backyard.

Southard and her neighbors didn't have any damage to their homes but this is the second time something like this has happened. Shoals Avenue isn't in a floodplain either.

"It really was like watching a creek or river rushing at you," said Southard.

Southard said while the waters were rising she and her neighbors began to call the city of Sheffield asking for help.

"We were all calling the city at the same time wanting them to come down and lay eyes on it themselves. I've never seen anything like it," said Southard.

The city of Sheffield told WAAY31 they did clean out some of the drainage ditches to temporarily fix the problem. Now the mayor said he is contacting the city engineer to see if some of the drainage pipes need to be replaced with bigger ones. Southard said she felt like the city saw their concerns.

"I feel pretty confident that they are going to do their best and keep us posted," said Southard.

Sheffield Mayor Ian Sanford said they are exploring a multitude of options to stop this area from flooding again. They will consult with the city engineer and get his recommendation.

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