City Wants To Help With Drainage Problems

(Memphis) Help is on the way for Memphis neighborhoods that flood every time it rains.

The city is focusing on seven drainage basins: Raleigh, Whitehaven, Cane Creek, South Cypress Creek, Todd Creek, Walnut Grove Lake and Cypress Creek.

The first meeting held Monday night was for Cypress Creek., which covers the Binghampton neighborhood, an area that sees flooding when storms sweep through Memphis.

“Water stays there for a while a like a day or so and it like an inch deep,” Binghampton resident Latonya Sue Burrow said.

Burrow showed up to voice her concerns, but she was one of only three residents who did.

“It’s disappointing because what we are trying to do is help all parts of the city and address their storm water rain water flooding problems,” City Councilman Jim Strickland said.

For the three people who did come out, engineer Harvey Matheny explained what he needs to know from them in order to make improvements in the future.

“Does it take a two inch rain fall to flood a certain area or a six-inch rain fall? if we can determine the type of rain event that will affect what properties then we can begin to assess what are the solutions to that,” Matheny said. “Or if you have water that comes out of the cypress creeks channel that flows outside into properties into a home.”

Burrow lives on Crest, a street that sees high water in heavy storms. She filled out a survey that explained that and says she’ll bring more surveys so her neighbors do the same.

If you live in the Cypress Creek drainage basin that is bounded by Hollywood on the west Highland on the east, Park on the south, and Chelsea on the north, and you want your concerns heard, there is another meeting that will be held on Thursday at 5:30 at the Hollywood community Center.

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