HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Help could be coming to the residents off Hunter Road. Many houses have been under water for two weeks.
State Representative Mike Carter spoke with residents out here Friday, ensuring them that the county and state are doing everything they can to fix this problem.
Flooding is still devastating these homes and creating traffic problems for the neighborhood behind here. Residents are hopefully that this morning’s meeting will finally bring relief.
“We feel like we were abandoned by county officials because we would call and call and call and literally, literally be told, ‘We don’t know what to do, so we’re not doing anything,” resident Emily Hardy said. “Now finally, someone is taking notice, and I’m hopeful that action will take place.”
After two weeks of major flooding, dozens of state and local officials met with residents off Hunter Road in Hamilton County to assess damage and create a plan.
“I was glad to see the community was more adapt and aware, and they were concerned about the future and what’s going on right now with the water,” resident Bill Baker said.
However, right now there’s no exact plan on what to do.
“Well, we’re doing everything we can that’s humanly possible,” said Chris Adams, the director of Hamilton County Emergency Management. “We’ve been in contact with every agency and looking for every grant, every kind of funding stream. This is happening all over the county. It’s very frustrating to be powerless, but Mother Nature is a strong force to be reckoned with.”
Adams says pumping the water out is not an option because there’s nowhere for the millions of gallons to go.
“I think our main concern right now is the short term fix,” Hardy said. “We have public roads that are inaccessible for emergency services and the detours are not completely sufficient.”
And the forecast calls for more rain.
“It’s a major concern, not only here, but throughout our area,” Adams said. “Any time you get that much water in one or two days, we’re going to have issues. The people living in low lying areas are going to be the ones to really watch.”
“This is only going to get worse with the forthcoming rain, and we need a plan in place communicated to us that we can all get rallied behind to make sure that we’re all taken care of,” Hardy said.
Another issue is what’s in this water.
The water has sat stagnant for about a week since the last good rain. Residents are concerned about human and animal waste and other toxins that could be breeding bacteria.
An official was on site around noon Friday getting a water sample to test.