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Angry Residents Blast Covington Over Flooding
The basements are still wet, the family photos are lost, and local families are worried it's going to happen again soon. Covington residents have been dealing with flooding issues following the recent heavy rains and tonight a special town hall meeting was called .
"The airport buys houses-how about you guys pay since we didn't know this was going to happen." That's just one of the many loud suggestions leveled at Covington City Commissioners on Tuesday night.
Local 12's Paula Toti says it has been a back and forth finger pointing in the past and it was pretty much the same story on Tuesday night. Residents believe more can be done to make sure they aren't flooded the next time there are heavy rains. Homeowners say the city can do more to clean storm grates and the sanitation district can do more to stop sewage back up.
The meeting that was only supposed to last an hour went almost two hours. And residents let it be known they weren't going to quietly go home before they had a chance to speak. "This is the worst .... came within one foot of our first floor."
There was one heartbreaking story after another told. Neighbors from flooded streets and homes talked about damaged items that didn't fit in trash cans that weren't hauled away. "So it's insult to injury ... but today we got a voice and I'm grateful for that."
But Mike Phillips, who had to deal with four feet of water that came into his basement, is also frustrated, wanting to hear more about the solution than the problem from city officials and folks at sanitation district number one. Commissioner Mildred Rains says she'd like to see compensation for flood victims. "I think it should be a grant ... as much as people have lost."
Deb Winkler had to replace two hot water heaters from two floods in the same week. "It took out everything."
Commissioner Steve Frank says there will be action. "We get it. We're going to have to go back to the roadbed and we're prepared to spend the money to do it."
But when many of these same residents had flooding three years ago, a study was done to identify sewer projects that would help ... but there was no money set aside. "Have to set aside money to solve the problem. It's the same thing they did last time. It will happen again in three years if not sooner."
The city commissioners say they will be attending a sanitation district board meeting next week to keep this dialog going.