Theodore, Ala. (WALA) – Last week’s heavy rain and flash flooding has caused major infrastructure damage across the viewing area. Now, in South Mobile County, a detour from one road closure is causing a speeding problem through a neighborhood.
Residents living on San Marino Drive say motorists are taking a detour through their neighborhood because part of Hamilton Boulevard is washed out. They say drivers are essentially going the same speed (45 MPH) they would be on Hamilton Boulevard down their street of San Marino Drive (25 MPH), creating an unsafe environment, especially for children playing outside.
“Now it’s constant. All night and all day. It’s constant,” said Lynda Lewis.
Lewis said her children used to run and play all over their front yard. Now that the extra traffic is zipping through their neighborhood, playtime does not stray far from the front porch.
“I don’t want them nowhere near the road,” she said.
Residents tell FOX10 News, things have become so bad, they have taken matters into their own hands, creating signs to help deter drivers.
“Just speeding. Wrecks almost happening around the curve. We’ve made signs. We’ve been having to stop traffic all that just to get out of our driveway. I want to see it stopped,” she said.
FOX10 News spoke with one resident on the street who told FOX10 News law enforcement officers were outside earlier Sunday morning writing tickets. Others say the police presence could be more persistent.