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I am a concerned citizen who tries to bring attention to the issues of the downtown Augusta area – East Boundary, Watkins and Walker streets, and Laney-Walker Boulevard.

For more than 40 years, the above areas have had serious problems with flooding during and after the heavy rains. I seriously believe the flooding is a result of the sewers being clogged with tar, trash and whatever debris that can clog the sewers. The reason for even mentioning tar is because, a few weeks ago, I went to pay the water bill and, upon returning to my car, the sewer was clogged with tar on top of tar. That street, Greene Street, recently was paved, and tar stuck to several sewer drains. Who is supposed to make sure, when this happens, that the problem will be taken care of?

I contacted City Administrator Fred Russell and explained to him my concerns. He stated to me I would need to get with the representative for District 1 and start a petition for names to raise taxes. He stated this would be the only way the upkeep of the city could happen.

How much longer is it going to take to drive through these flooded areas? Another 40 years?

Just a few weeks ago, the Engineering Department on Greene Street sent letters out to homes in the downtown Eastview area to explain a way to hopefully cease the flooding problems by placing pipes underground in the front and back yards of the owners’ property (5 feet, front and back). The Engineering Department mentioned this would be Phase Three of the plan, and the owners’ 5 feet of land will be used temporarily until completion of the project.

Perhaps this plan finally will be the answer to all of our flooding issues in downtown Augusta.

Let’s continue to take good care of our city by contacting Augusta Cares at (706) 821-2300. We must be concerned about where we live and the upkeep of our communities, because we are all in this together.

Doretha Hollins-Williams


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Riverman1 09/12/13 - 05:20 am

Fred Russell was really helpful, wasn't he!!??. Heh.

townsends 09/12/13 - 06:26 am

Soon the populace paying for local government services is going to wake up and realize their expectations of the local government are too high. Instead of selling out the city of Augusta Georgia by calling it a slum for the sake of more money, maybe ensuring a job is completed correctly and actually firing people for incompetence instead of personality is in order.

GnipGnop 09/12/13 - 07:36 am
That will never happen town....

When you get fired in Augusta you get a sweet severance deal or you get a commissioner that will testify on your behalf...pathetic

deestafford 09/12/13 - 09:19 am
As the letter writer states there are some serious drainage

problems in those areas. One of the reasons is that entire area was swampland. The medical district area was not called "Frog Hollow" for nothing. Many areas in other cities built on swamp land have the same problems because of the shallow water tables in those areas. That still does not excuse the brush-off of the city "leaders".

Sweet son
Sweet son 09/12/13 - 12:01 pm
Rain Tax!

The new rain tax will fix all of the problems! LOL!

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 09/12/13 - 03:44 pm

The Augusta commission should fire Fred Russell for that arrogant and condescending remark he made to a concerned citizen.

raul 09/12/13 - 11:23 pm
Heck, I'm surprised she even

Heck, I'm surprised she even got to personally speak to Fred.

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