Flooding still a problem for neighbors off Old Savannah Road despite complaints to county

By: Justin Fabiano Email
By: Justin Fabiano Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, Sept. 3, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Carl Smith survived Augusta's wettest month of the year.

"You know, this is just ridiculous," he said.

When it rains, it pours on his street. News 12 first reported how his street flooded during heavy rain during the latter half of July. Smith says he called the county the very next day, but neighbors say their road flooded at least two more times in August.

"They did like half this road," he said. "They said they were coming back. They never came back."

What he means by half the road is clean out the ditches. Smith showed us lots of ditches along his street. Most of them are overgrown and clogged, and with all the rain the area saw in August, that led one of Smith's neighbors to take matters into his own hands.

"Two days and a half, by shovel," said John Ellis, explaining how he cleaned out his ditch.

Ellis has by far the cleanest ditch on his street, however, he spent all that time in the heat digging against doctor's orders.

"It killed me doing it. I had open heart surgery," he said.

Both Ellis and Smith say doing work like that isn't their responsibility.

"You're not supposed to have to do that," Smith said.

"The county told me they were doing to do it, but they never came back," Ellis said.

So now, both of them are hoping they make it through the rest of this tropical season.

"I hope [it doesn't happen again], but I believe it's going to [flood] again," Smith said.

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