Prichard drainage ditch still not fixed after several weeks

PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) – Some residents in Prichard still have a reminder of April’s torrential rainfall. Residents living in the Eight Mile area off High Point Road say a drainage ditch has not been fixed in the past month and a half.

FOX10 News dug for answers as to when the ditch could be fixed. On Tuesday, the City of Prichard responded.

For the past 7 weeks, the drainage ditch has not been fixed – pipes are exposed and concrete is broken everywhere.

“I’m very concerned. Even though I don’t have any kids here right now but I am concerned about the other children who walk to from the school to their homes. It is not safe. It’s very dangerous for them,” said one resident.

Residents living nearby the ditch say it does not only pose a threat to people walking. They are concerned next time a torrential rainfall comes, damage will be done.

“I’m very concerned about it. It’s been going on for a long time,” said a resident.

Prichard Public Works Director Anthony Barry met FOX10 News at the site Wednesday and said it could be a while before it is repaired – up to 6 months.

“Unfortunately, this was the worst one. And thankfully this was the worst one that we had. We still have to outsource it through some contractors and bidding and that process. What we hope to accomplish, is in the process of repairing this is maybe figuring out a way to prevent this from happening again,” said Barry.

Barry said the project will be funded in part by FEMA. Work on the ditch could begin in the next two weeks.

FOX10 News will continue to follow the progression of the construction for you.

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