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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  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 8, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    come to think of it.. with this water troubles could delay if not kill the 3 ft. project as possibility wasnt exposed during the contract time..... yup yup nice going.. and this is known now to more truthfully i will go with my statement before.. has to taken down... I have dealt with water but this over and over a few times building as it is .. health wise i will not go in it.. even if redone.. not with asthma
  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 7, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    simple things like this known over the years gives you a idea of what the last 16 yrs was like... and why meridian was/is in the tank... you cant tell me no one downtown didnt know of this problem... but they had no trouble taking county area to make it the city.. can see the service all would had gotten if the old mayor was still in place..
  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    Hello? Seven floods and we are surprised at the flooding? Wait, isn't that next to the 3foot? Uh-oh. Look out Marriott!
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