Community meeting Saturday to focus on flooding issues

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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.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: East Augusta community meeting

WHEN: 11:45 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Hudson Memorial CME Church, 2 Taylor St.

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CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/17/12 - 04:31 pm
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Hope

the Good Lord was invited. I think he has a lot to do with their problems.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/17/12 - 07:43 am
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Records

I wish the Chronicle reporter would quit spreading the falsehood around that the amount of rain that fell last Saturday was a record. It clearly was not.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/17/12 - 07:56 am
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The local reporters were
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not alive even a recent as the Fall of 1990. They are just talking heads. It the teleprompter says is is sunny in Augusta, despite a downpour, it is sunny.

100 year flood sound DRAMATIC.

The "modern" flood prone areas have been known for decades. Band aids have been applied. Failing infrastructure with no planning for maintenance. Every municipality reads these books. How to Hide and Misuse Maintenance Funding. Procrastination is Fun. Taxpayers Exist for Your Entertainment.

Frank I
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Frank I 08/17/12 - 10:44 am
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their*

their*

corgimom
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corgimom 08/17/12 - 07:06 pm
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You don't build for

You don't build for record-breaking rainfall, you build for slightly above average rainfall. Parts of Augusta flood every year, that's what happens to a city that builds in flood-prone areas and flood plains. Lots of Augusta is built on flood plains and reclaimed swamps. People like to live near creeks and rivers- and then complain when it floods.

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