Paquin Tower Residents Want Flood Protection
Debris from surrounding yards clogged the drains around Paquin Street near College. Also, the small size of the drains couldn't handle the amount of water rushing into them.
Paquin Tower residents discussed the stormwater drainage issues Thursday night. Charles Dudley, a Paquin Tower resident, took pictures of the flooding with his cell phone.
"These pictures I took, I also sent to city council members and to the city manager to show the flooding damage we have around Paquin Tower," said Dudley.
Dudley would like to see the Columbia Housing Authority work with the City to improve the city's water drainage systems, even if it's just temporary.
"A temporary fix would be to have some sandbags we could put in front of all the doors, that way we wouldn't have the flooding in the basement or to get us some kind of a sump pump we could put out in the parking lot and run a hose clear out into the street," said Dudley.
Even though the recent storms caused problems for residents who were trying to get in and out of the building, Columbia Housing Authority does not have any immediate fixes planned.
"Well, right now we're just monitoring the situation, it's really a rare occurance when that happens, again, a significant amount of rainfall like that, about two to three inches in an hour," said Phil Steinhaus, Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Housing Authority.
Most importanly though, the way the residents handled the flooding made Steinhaus proud.
"One of our residents who's in a power wheelchair was using his wheelchair and a large squeegee to help keep the water out of the building," said Steinhaus.
Residents would like to see change, but will have to wait...