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CENTRAL - People blame clogged drains and blocked culverts for flooding in Bridlewood subdivision Friday.

The week ended like many others do when there is a significant rain event: flooded streets, sometimes feet deep.

The water flooded yards, covered some lawn furniture and brought fish to the front of one man's driveway. One street was almost impassable.

"I've been here 35 years and I've seen this maybe five times," Ronnie Chovan said.

Chovan's backyard and driveway were completely submerged in water. A lake behind his home acts as a spillway for Beaver Bayou. It brought schools of minnows to his front yard and driveway.

"Beaver Bayou only goes under Hooper Road at one point," he explains. "It's two culverts there. Those culverts aren't big enough to let this water out."

Bridlewood was built on low land about 40 years ago. The city says they keep up with clearing ditches and the culverts under Hooper Road were cleared two years ago.

Some aren't convinced clearing the culverts every two years is enough.

"The culverts under Hooper Road are completely clogged again," said Charles McIntyre.

The City of Central says despite the flooding problem in Bridlewood, the culverts are clear.


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