Community meeting Saturday to focus on flooding issues

The Rev. Larry Fryer and District 1 Comm­issioner Matt Aitken will meet with residents Saturday to discuss flooding issues in light of the recent record rainfalls.

Fryer said his car stalled when Laney-Walker Boulevard filled with water last Saturday and hoped District 1 residents would describe their concerns and experiences at the meeting.

The storms dumped nearly 5 inches of rain across the city and overwhelmed Augusta’s wastewater system, pushing 4.7 million gallons of untreated sewage into Butler Creek and the Savannah River.

The Augusta Chapter of the American Red Cross helped 12 families whose homes were heavily damaged, such as B.B. Langham’s home in the Hollywood subdivision near Regency Mall.

Langham, who has a newborn child, said nearby Rocky Creek was clotted with debris, leading to the accumulation of several feet of water in his home Saturday. A neighbor’s car floated onto her porch, he said.

Other areas that flooded Saturday included the west Augusta neighborhoods along Chelsea Drive and areas off Peach Orchard Road.

Heavy rain causes flooding
Red Cross assists local flood victims
Rains continue to dump in Augusta
Augusta to monitor streams for sewage overflow impacts
Heavy rains overwhelm storm drains and flood many streets
IF YOU GO

WHAT: East Augusta community meeting

WHEN: 11:45 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Hudson Memorial CME Church, 2 Taylor St.

More

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 01:33

Settlements prove costly to city