More Rain Means More Flooding

July 28, 2006 -- Posted at 7:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- When the rains come down, the floods come up for a number of Jonesboro neighborhoods. Thursday night rains once again caused havoc for good neighbors like Sue Washington, who live in neighborhoods the city has deemed "hot spots" for flooding problems.

"It wasn't as severe as what I suffered a week or two ago, but the water was a lot faster, certainly deep again on the fences and over the retaining walls," said Washington.

The flooding was strong enough to pick up bolted railroad ties and several loads of gravel and flush them down the creek.

"If you got a problem like this and you are trying to sell your home or rent your home, anything like that, your chances are practically zero. If I was a perspective buyer, I wouldn't even pull in the driveway," said Washington.

Washington is trying to sell her house and has tried to take matters into her own hands to fix the problem.

"We've paid close to $5,000 ourselves and of course that was just washed away," said Washington.

Her effort hasn't kept the waters down and the cost to completely fix the problem just isn't feasible.

"For us to fix it ourselves, without the city's help, the estimate from our builder was between $20,000 and $25,000," said Washington.

However, in the past week Washington says several consulting engineers have surveyed the area.  She hopes this several decade long problem could soon be fixed.

"They gave me the impression that things would be moving along quickly. As far as what quickly means to the city and the public may be two different things, but that is at least promising," said Washington.