Flood victims plead with commissioners for help

Flood victims plead with commissioners for help

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 5:27 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Stewart Creek in the Beatties Ford Road area of Charlotte was calm Tuesday night.

But on July 11, four-and-a-half inches of rain pounded the area over a period of nearly three hours.

Almost a month later, you can still find homes with debris in their yards, illustrating that the cleanup is not done yet.

A number of residents from that area brought their concerns to a meeting of the Mecklenburg County Commission Tuesday evening.

"What can be done about flooding creeks, overflows, and creek contamination," asked Ronald Ross, one of those neighbors.

Dave Caanan from the Storm Water Services Department told commissioners this has been the wettest summer in 70 years.

"Our creeks and systems can take five inches of water over a couple of days but not in four hours," Caanan said.

Neighbors who live along Stewart Creek told commissioners they had to deal with more than water.

"The most recent flooding released raw sewage into the creek system," said Tammy Hill, another neighbor.

To make her point she presented commissioners with a vial of water she said had been taken from the flood water.  She said it had been tested and was found to contain E. coli.

Storm Water Services is planning to buy up as many as 52 more homes in areas that repeatedly flood.  But at a projected cost of over $5 million for fiscal year 2014, Caanan said money is running out.

"We may be requesting a fee increase if the board wants to maintain that level of service," he said.

While the commissioners took no formal action, neighbors said they hope the members will do something to respond to their pleas for help.

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