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Scotlandville residents demand a fix for flood problems

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SCOTLANDVILLE - A distraught neighborhood is demanding a fix to its ongoing flooding problem, and the timing couldn't be better as the 2015 hurricane season is just kicking off.

Upset residents documented the scene as the Scotland Villa apartment complex filled up with water when a pumping-system failed in the face of heavy downpours over this past weekend. People dealt with flooding, and even snakes, as a result of the large quantities of water being dumped into the area with no mechanical system compensating for round after round of soaking rains.

The East Baton Rouge Housing Authority is responsible for maintaining the pumps and say they are working on repairs. The tenants aren't so easy to be placed at ease as they say they've been dealing with problems just like this one for years.

"It's a major inconvenience to the residents here. If in any event they do need to get in and get out," said an unidentified resident of the complex. "They can't go anywhere."

The housing authority struck back with a statement. In that reply, they said when it floods, the pumps are supposed to automatically switch on. In the event this automated safeguard fails, a maintenance worker is dispatched to handle in the issue in person.

"We have a service contract with a company to maintain the pumps for us," said Richard Murray, East Baton Rouge Housing Authority Executive Director. "Hopefully, the situation is resolved and the pumps automatically switch on, as designed, when water fills the pumps."

Residents aren't as quick to be enarmoured with this system of automation with a human backup for the sake of redundancy. They've seen first hand the way the system of pumps can fail, and their distaste for being trapped by rising waters is on the rise.

The East Baton Rouge Housing Authority said they are working with their service contractor to have the pumps inspected to avoid this from happening in the future.

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