Hyde Park flood cause damage; neighbors ready to move

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, June 11, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Heavy rain has caused flooding all over Augusta.

The rain has stopped, but apartment complexes, streets and homes are still dealing with the water. For the people who live in Hyde Park, it is all too familiar.

Neighbors in Hyde Park have been dealing with flooding for years. The plans are in place to relocate the people there and turn the low-lying area into a retention pond, but those plans seem to be at a standstill. They say when it rains that becomes even more frustrating.

David Jackson couldn't step off his front porch Monday without landing in a foot of water.

"Not unless I wanna walk out there in that water to get out," he said. "It's not real convenient to be like that."

Not convenient, but Jackson says he's gotten used to it.

"Every time we have a good rain like this one, it floods out every time," he said.

His home, surrounded in water, and it's the same story next door where his nephew lives. With any more rain, it could affect the whole neighborhood.

"If the storm comes through [Monday] evening like it's been forecasted on television, it might just flood the whole neighborhood," he said.

Jackson's been living in Hyde Park his whole life and says days like these show everyone why the relocation is so important.

"I've been ready to get out of here," he said. "I've been here all my life, but this is what I've been going through all my life."

The relocation process has been at a standstill for the past few months.

"I don't know what they're doing or what the holdup is, but you can see for yourself something needs to be done," Jackson said.

At this point, though, Jackson says there is nothing he can do.

"There's nothing I can do about it, so I don't worry about it, but I got places I could go if it do," he said. "My son called me earlier and said, 'Dad if you need us, just call,' so I have somewhere to go, it's just not convenient to be doing that all the time."

And it's something Jackson hopes he won't have to do much longer, if the relocation process will finally start moving.

A few months ago they had a vote fail in the commission to hire three full-time employees to run the relocation. Now, they are back to the drawing board figuring out who will fill those positions. Last month, they said it should begin moving again toward the end of June.

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