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Flooding plagues people in Central

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Posted: Sep 5, 2011 3:37 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Sep 5, 2011 6:33 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Flooding, Central, raw sewage, East Baton Rouge Parish, WBRZ

CENTRAL- High floodwaters are plaguing people who live in areas of the Bridlewood Subdivision in Central.

News 2's cameras captured several feet of water in driveways and streets. Neighbors say they are completely frustrated dealing with the flooding.

"Some of the neighbors down the street have to come park in our driveway so they can go home," Nolan Savoy said. "They can't make it in vehicles."

Other neighbors have complained to City leaders about the problem.

"I've called and complained to get the ditches cleaned out," Michelle Alexander said. "We don't know who's problem it is."

A spokesman for the City of Central told News 2 the city recently spent $150,000 to clean ditches in the area. Some people believe the work has made a difference.

"It drains much better now," George Munn said.

A few miles away from the Bridlewood Subdivision, people are also dealing with raw sewage cascading into the streets.

"This is unacceptable," John Vallery said. "Based on my knowledge of things like this, it might be a pipe that malfunctioned."

All of the neighbors say they weren't expecting to be dealing with these problems on Labor Day. City leaders say the problems could get better once the Comite River Diversion Project is completed. There is no set date on when that project will be finished.

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