After the Rain: Residents Fed Up with Flooded Streets

After the Rain: Residents Fed Up with Flooded Streets

As residents cleaned up from Thursday's fast-moving storm, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton agreed more must be done to keep the city's drainage system clear.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - As residents cleaned up from Thursday's fast-moving storm, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton agreed more must be done to keep the city's drainage system clear.

Clogged drains flooded several streets, including Coleman Avenue near the intersection of Austin Peay.

"Our parking lot was completely flooded," said Aubrey Semien, the executive director of The Hair Design Design School. "Water was up to the tires."

According to Semien, Coleman Avenue floods every time there is a hard rain. Two years ago, the flooding was so severe it poured into the school, forcing students elsewhere.

"There is poor drainage that the city really needs to repair because when it rains for three or four hours, the street is always going to be flooded," she said.

Semien says that also creates dangerous situations. On Thursday evening, a young mom and her newborn baby had to be rescued after their car became flooded on Coleman.

"It is very frustrating, because it is very dangerous," she said.

On Friday afternoon, Mayor Wharton said he would see if street cleaners could hit flood-prone streets more often. He also said it was time to crack down on commercial lawn care companies that blow their yard waste into the street.

"To watch it just rise and constantly rise like that, yes it makes you scared. You think, here we go again," said Sherita Broome.
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