ANDERSON, Ind. (July 8, 2015) - Neighbors in one Madison County community are hoping the county commission will help out with a flooding problem they've been dealing with for more than a decade.
The concerns were brought up during Wednesday morning's drainage board meeting. Neighbors had the chance to explain the flooding issues and offer possible solutions.
One community came together to voice their frustrations with ongoing flooding problems in Anderson on McArthur Court. Neighbors say Tuesday's heavy rain was the worst they had seen in years. Four feet of water stood on the street and in neighbors' yards, covering mailboxes and street lamps.
“It’s like a river that comes down toward us now and then it forms a river on the side of my house to go into the pond," said neighbor Judy Musick.
When heavy rains hit, neighbors aren't able to drive down the street and some have to swim through the waters to get to their front door. Families in more than 10 homes become trapped.
"We’re stranded. I can’t get to work. I have to wade to water knee deep to the highway," Musick said.
Neighbors say the problem with the rain is the way the water flows through the yards. It comes from a lack of a drainage system on the street.
During Wednesday's drainage board hearing, Madison County Commissioner John Richwine said they will send an engineer to the neighborhood to come up with a solution.
"Where the waters flowing, probably take some elevations and then give us a proposal of not only what to do, but how much that’s going to cost,” Richwine explained.
The cost may come at the expense of homeowners, but some said they would be willing to pay the price.
"I'm ready to pay a fee. I want to be able, when I get up in the morning, to drive out of my driveway," Musick said.
After an engineer submits a proposal, a public hearing will be held for all members of the community to have the opportunity to vote on a solution. Commissioners say if a plan is approved, the project could start as early as the fall.
“If there’s something we can do to help out, even in those smaller rains, and it’s an a nominal amount and they’re paying for it and they’re for it, then certainly we need to move forward and try and help them out," Richwine said.