Flooding Concerns Raising Questions About The Future Of Some Jonesboro Homes

April 12, 2005 -- Posted at 9:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- "I've lived here for 33 years. I have just remodeled it, and the thoughts of moving just kill me," said Jonesboro resident, Florine Hoffman.

"I've lived here for twenty years, I've raised my children here," said another resident, Melinda Miller.

The good memories are accompanied by the many years of dealing with flooded yards and driveways each time a hard rain falls.

"We've had up to 18 inches of water come through our house.  I tell people  it looks like our homes are sitting in the middle of the Spring River," said Miller.

"It has never gotten inside my car but it has gotten inside my carport," said Hoffman.

A consulting engineer from Nashville suggests demolishing these two homes and replacing them with retention ponds.

He says that could fix many of the flooding problems in this section of Jonesboro, but that is not the answer these residents were looking for.

"I cried--they could get an appraisal, we could get an appraisal--that is all they talked to us about," said Miller.

"I don't want them to get my house, it looks like they could do something else," said Hoffman.

No final decisions have been made.

The city plans to bring someone else in to evaluate the recommendation by the Nashville engineer-- possibly offering an alternative to destroying these two homes.

For now, residents are waiting for news about the future of their homes.

"We just remodeled everything where we want it. The value of this house is tremendously more than what they will appraise it for," said Miller.