One Valley Community has a Long History of Flooding Problems

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

Owner Will Stringham is calling on the city to do something to protect his store.

"We'd like to stay here if we could, but if it keeps flooding and the city is not gonna do anything about it, then we're gonna move," says Stringham.

The City is trying to do something. It will file a pre application with FEMA next week. Gary Critzer, the city's director of emergency management, says FEMA money wouldn't help businesses with damages, but it would help prevent future flooding.

"Water fillable dams and large hydraulic pumps, that would channel the water back in to the south river down stream and prevent it from rising in the streets and the rising into the stores, which would prevent damage in the first place.”

Critzer says the application is in its preliminary stages but they are also looking at flood proofing of individual businesses and flood gates and barriers. Another option is to move buildings away from the floodplain areas.

"There are a lot of options out there that vary in cost and vary in effectiveness and the one thing FEMA is going to look at is benefit cost," Critzer says.

City manager Doug Walker says they are working on a proposal to purchase and demolish race avenue trailer park.

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