Confusion on who cleans the ditch has homeowners frustrated

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Homeowners along Old Bridge Road in Jonesboro are frustrated with flooding in the area and they do not know who to turn to for help.

Residents told Region 8 News some homes have flooded twice in the past month.

Christopher George said his home flooded in early May and then again in late May when storms flooded several parts of Jonesboro.

He said after the first flood the city came out to help clear the ditch near his home.

However, he said the ditch still fills up quickly, even with a small shower.

"Every time they predict just a little shower I get nervous," George said.

George and his neighbors said they appreciate the city trying to clear the ditch and around the sewer pipe, but they still need help.

"We need as much help as we can get, especially since we are not in a flood zone to have flood insurance so this is coming out of our pockets too," George said.

George said there is a second problem with the ditch.

The railroad tracks run over a bridge that is stationed in the ditch and the street department cannot touch the bridge because it belongs to the railroad company.

George said tons of debris gathers on the legs of the bridge, causing water to not flow through the ditch.

George said he is trying to be patient since he knows everyone had been working hard to clean up after the last storm, but he and his neighbors need help.

"You work 10-12 hours a day then you get to come home and cut sheet rock switch out the fans and you're having to stay with friends," George said.

George said the cleanup is frustrating, but not knowing if the area will flood again is worse.

"It's just, we just want answers that is all, is there going to be something done. I am not asking for to be done tomorrow, but it is something that needs to be done," George said.

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