PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - Some people in the Whistler Community in Prichard are fed up with poor drainage that’s causing their neighborhood to flood every time there is a heavy rain. This weekend’s heavy rains reminded residents of the problem when yards were flooded almost knee-deep and a pecan tree fell on to a neighbor’s truck.
Residents on West Turner Road said it’s been a problem for nearly 13 years, and they have asked city officials to come out and fix it numerous times.
Both city officials and residents said a clogged catch basin is to blame for the poor drainage. Residents said they don’t understand why city officials can’t just clean it out.
Meanwhile, public works officials said their workers are doing the best they can, and will get to it as soon as their resources allow, but that drainage has been an issue all across the city.
Timothy Thomas is one Turner Road resident who is tired of the flooding. He said city workers have dug small drainage holes as a temporary fix, but he just wants the city to clean out the clogged catch basin.
Prichard Public Works Director Anthony Barry said his crews have been doing everything they can with the resources they have.
“My drainage crew, they’ve been working as hard as they can five days a week to clean out some of the ditches. Some of the citizens will notice that we have made a great effort within the last two months, but we still have a long ways to go,” said Barry.
City workers said they’d like to have the drainage system cleaned out by next week, but it could take much longer depending on what other projects need to be completed.
FOX10 will continue to check on the problem, and let you know when it’s resolved.
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