Seminole flood victims talk drainage problems

In Seminole, Ala., flooding was a major issue after Tuesday’s rainstorm. On Sunday, May 4, much of that flood water is still standing in yards and homes.

Tommy Raines, a Seminole resident and flood victim, said it’s difficult to clean-up some five days after his home was flooded because his yard still has about a foot of standing water, making his neighborhood look more like a lake.

“We got a drainage problem here,” he told FOX10, “Our water’s not draining out. We need culverts put in, we need culverts to go under the road to take the water to the other side.”

Raines’ next door neighbor is handicapped, making it difficult for him to get in and out of his house.

And, Raines is even having to take a boat to and from his house because the water is so deep.

“You kind of get used to it after about a week, but you still feel bad because it’s not going anywhere,” said Raines, “We’ve been pumping for three solid days, and the water’s not going anywhere.”

FOX10 called Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey, who represents the area, to see what he’s going to do about it.

“There’s no way that Baldwin County is going to build infrastructure that will accommodate at 20 inch rain, but we do want to make our drainage systems as efficient as possible to make sure this doesn’t happen when we have more normal weather events around the county,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey said he’s toured the area with Congressman Bradley Byrne Friday, May 2, and is looking to build culverts in the neighborhood as soon as possible.


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