Neighbors worry about flooding ahead of storms

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Posted at 10:17 PM, Feb 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-22 08:36:17-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Ahead of Tuesday's weather, we are hearing from neighbors worried about the flooding concerns they say are linked to new developments in neighborhoods across the mid-state.

Leslie Hales, from Madison, is one of those neighbors.

"It starts up at the top of the hill, if we get a good rain like we got last week where it poured for three to four hours," Hales said, pointing to a Y-shaped erosion in her backyard, where rainwater plows through during heavy downpours.

"Who's to say these next four days of rain - who's to say it won't get that high?" Hales said.

Hales knows she's not the only homeowner facing flooding and drainage problems, and that some are even worse than hers; however, she says she's not sure where to turn, after it seems that no one has done anything about the issue, even after alerting the city to it once again last week.

As in other cases, she points to new development just behind her house.

"The streets behind us have a lot of new development as well, and that's where we think a lot of the issues for flooding have started," Hales said.

As night falls, Leslie wonders what may be in store for her backyard Tuesday.

She said, "Our city does pride themselves in wanting to work at the issues that are plaguing us, but I feel like it's a broader issue of, as the city grows, is this going to be continuing a bigger problem?"