Flooding Concerns in Waynesboro

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

While many farmers hope the rain continues, some people in Waynesboro are hoping for just the opposite. In some neighborhoods, heavy rainfall usually means flooding, either in the lawn or the house.

While many of these peoples concerns are being met by the City Council, others are taking things into their own hands.

"I put a drain at the bottom of the driveway and put a pipe from there to the ditch that was behind my house," says Earl Meese, who has lived on Chatham Street in the River City since 1963 and is used to fending off floods. "I'm still trying to figure out better ways to alleviate it."

Storm water drains outline his property on two sides, but he says runoff from Chatham Street is the worst, especially after the street was repaved.

Meese says, "When they added the amount that was added, it was enough for the water to come down our driveway and form a pool at the end of the garage that's part of the house."

Meese says he's used sandbags and even created a lip in his steep driveway to prevent water from flowing into the garage.

Mayor Thomas Reynolds says Meese has the right idea.

"So what you need to try to do is not stop it from flooding, but control the flooding so that it does the least amount of damage as possible," says Reynolds.

Officials in Augusta County and Waynesboro say they're equipped to handle floods.

Reynolds says, "When they built there they had some problems, so they built a berm in their backyard, which has now kept the water out of their home, but it still threatens from time to time. So that's one of our top eight projects."

Meese is happy to say that his underground pipe hasn't been tested by any major storms. Reynolds says the city will continue to look for creative ways to control flooding.

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