News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, July 16, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Monday's storm has come and gone, but for people like Carl Smith, the headache is just starting.
"The water is just about to go in the house right now," Smith said.
His entire yard off Old Savannah Road looked more like a lake Monday evening. He says his yard has been flooding for a long time.
"About 15 years," he estimated.
Across the street, Edward Simmons walked outside to check out the damage himself.
"It's about almost up to the floor of my trailer," he said. "We have to go through about knee deep of water to get out the house."
They say this has been going on for years, and they haven't seen any recent work to make the drainage better.
"All the ditches are clogged up," Smith said.
Neighbors say maintenance issues with the ditches can cause damage to their homes and even health problems.
"It causes people's houses to flood, and then it rots and you have mold and mildew," Charles Martin said.
"The rainwater and all, it causes ringworms," Simmons said.
They say they're tired of the problem, and they're going to talk to Richmond County for help with the flooding.
"I'll be down there first thing in the morning," Smith said.