Hamilton Co. EMA Director: "Nothing county can do" to fix Hunter Road flooding problems


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    Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Adams said on Tuesday there is essentially "nothing the county can do" to alleviate persistent flooding problems in the Flagstone subdivision near Hunter Road in Ooltewah.

    Hamilton Co. EMA Director Chris Adams says nothing can be done to remove the water at the Flagstone subdivision, except wait for it to dry up. (Image: WTVC)

    We reported on Monday that residents there say they're frustrated that they can't get anyone to answer the question of whose job it is to clean it up.

    Three weeks after heavy rains, homes on Hunter Road are still flooded. (Image: Brittany Martin)

    Heavy rains from two weeks ago just never went away for residents in that subdivision. This past week, E. coli was discovered in the standing water.

    Watch Adams' news conference below:

    Adams says there are several options officials have already determined will not work.

    Those include:

    • Putting gravel on the road, above the water line
    • Pumping the water a mile down the road
    • Removing the water with tanker trucks

    Adams says his department will continue to look at other possible solutions, but says "we've exhausted all of our means." He said that once the water dries up, the county will pursue debris management.

    For residents like Bill Baker, whose home is surround by the E. Coli filled water, the city's response is disheartening.

    Bill says he's appreciated the tactics the city has looked into, but he says the lack of viable solutions leaves him and neighbors feeling, "frustrated, stressed more so than we already are."

    Residents here have gotten creative trying to solve the problem themselves.

    One neighbor has offered to help homeowners on Hunter Road pump the water to a private pond nearby. Bill also says neighbors have discussed the possibility of turning an empty lot down the street into a draining area, if the county would be open to purchasing it.

    Image: WTVC

    Both TEMA and FEMA, the state and federal emergency management agencies, will be evaluating the damage in Hamilton County soon.

    On Tuesday, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann talked about how the flooding has affected his hometown and what's being done about it.

    He asked questions to FEMA Deputy Administrator Peter Gaynor.

    "In some neighborhoods in Hamilton County, my home county, flood waters have continued to rise as recent as last week, in response several counties in Tennessee are applying for grants to mitigate the effects of this disaster," said Congressman Fleischmann.

    Gaynor testified before the House Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee today. Today's questioning was to see how the federal government will use resources to help state and local officials with flooding.

    Depend on us to keep you posted.

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