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Couple seeks answers from city after flooding issue remains

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Jonesboro family says they signed an agreement with the city two years ago for them to make drainage improvements because of continuous flooding problems.

According to Fay and Lee Roberts, nothing has changed in two years.

The couple has lived in their home on Elizabeth Lane for 10 years and are nearly fed up dealing with a flooded yard every time there is a downpour.

They signed a notarized permanent drainage easement agreement with the City of Jonesboro.

Craig Light, city engineer for Jonesboro, confirmed the Roberts signed it on June 10, 2013.

The agreement states they would sign over 20 feet of their property to the city so that the street department could make drainage improvements.

The Roberts say they have attended three city council meetings and each time were told by Light that someone would be out to look at it the next day.

“It's just disgusting that's all,” said Roberts.

Roberts said he was not mad just a little disgusted as to why it has taken the city so long to come out and fix the problem.

“I’ve completely lost all the backyard out here,” he said. “You can't let the dog out at all. It's pretty disgusting. That's about all I can say about it.”

Light said he spoke with L.M. Duncan, the city operations director, who said there was “no good reason” why nothing has been done yet.

Duncan told Light they will make sure the improvements get done as soon as the weather clears up. 

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