Flash Flooding Causes Serious Problems

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The Labor Day Holiday weekend is expected to be a rainy one. This could mean trouble for Meridian streets that already experienced serious flash flooding Saturday morning.

The heavy rain blocked roads, stalled cars and appeared to catch many people off guard. The downtown Meridian area saw plenty of problems as the water level quickly hit several feet high. The downtown area saw three inches of rain in thirty minutes.

Downtown business Joyce's Etc. got rain inside the business. Owners say they have flooded before, but Saturday was the worst yet. City crews were out after the rain surveying the damage and making plans in the case of future flooding. The mayor walked the streets working with residents.

"When we have a big flood like this we need to make sure people are off the streets and looking out for their safety. We are going to be looking at the flooded areas and seeing what we can do to address each and every one of them," said Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry.

Mayor Barry says the public works department and city fire fighters worked together to clean up any mud left along the sidewalks. Additionally, she says the drains have been cleared to help future water move out of the streets.

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