Heavy downpours flood city streets

Published 6:00 am Thursday, December 9, 2004

Several area streets were under water Wednesday night as tworounds of storms swept through the area.

“We had two bursts of storms, one before midnight and againafter midnight,” Brookhaven Police Chief Pap Henderson said.

Henderson said his department received about nine callsWednesday night about street flooding.

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Streets reported to experience flooding included RailroadAvenue, Saint George Street, Clara Street, Brookway Boulevard,Magee Drive, Cloverdale Acres, Chickasaw Street, Smylie Street andCenter Street.

“One tree was down on Cleveland Street,” Henderson said. “Sofar, that’s the only one reported, and the city has already takencare of it.”

Lincoln County District One Supervisor the Rev. Jerry L. Wilsonreported some homes flooded on Saint George Street. He said policeassistance was needed to help residents as water entered theirhomes.

“It’s bad. It’s never been like this,” Wilson said.

The Saint George Street area frequently floods during periods ofheavy rains. Officials are studying options to alleviate problemsin that area and elsewhere in the city.

Henderson said no major accidents or injuries had been reportedbecause of the storm. The Waste Water Treatment Plant recorded 5.40inches of rainfall during the 24-hour period between 7:30 a.m.Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. today.

Amanda Williams, 52, a 10-year resident of Brookwood Apartmentssaid “4 inches or more” were in the yard of her complex. The30-apartment complex is located on the corner of Railroad Avenueand Chippewa Street.

“Its been like this for years, and we can’t get anything done,”Williams said.

She said the complex has been under construction for about amonth.

“We couldn’t have gotten out, and no one could have gotten in,”said Williams, expressing concern about any emergency personnelthat might have been needed to help any of the elderly residents inthe complex. “It was a big mess here last night.”

The high waters dealt Brookhaven firefighters an unusualsituation at Cain’s Trailer Park on Highway 550 around 9:15 p.m.The heavy rains floated a propane tank used to provide gas to atrailer home there.

“It actually lifted the tank up and broke the line,” said Capt.Gary Beeson. “It was about to float off through the trailer park.There obviously wasn’t a whole lot in it.”

Firefighters removed the tank from the water, secured it and cutoff the line to the trailer home, he said.