Are Overton Square's Flood Problems Over?

Are Overton Square's Flood Problems Over?

When the new parking garage was built in Overton Square developers added a retention pond underneath. The plan is for it to help when there's flash flooding in the neighborhood.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The City of Memphis has taken steps to correct one of the worst flood prone areas. Residents and business owners near midtown's Overton Square have dealt with horrible water problems for years.

When the new parking garage was built in Overton Square developers added a retention pond underneath. The plan is for it to help when there's flash flooding in the neighborhood.

"Used to when we'd have a big rain, the streets would flood. The water would come up over the sidewalk get sometimes in the yard," business owner Barry Lincoln said. 

On this wet and rainy Halloween, Mr. Lincoln's Costume Shoppe is bustling. In the past when the weather's been worse, owner Barry Lincoln was stuck dealing with the rain instead of waiting on customers.

"Even my fake grave out there would fill up with water and the casket would rise," Lincoln said.

Past floods have affected the entire neighborhood.

"All the way down the street here. For years. As long as I've been here and I've been for 23 years. It's always been that way," Lincoln said. 

The problem stems from nearby Lick Creek.

"You have lick creek behind us. It's covered over like a culvert," Lincoln says. "The people that live north of us...their streets will flood. They're the ones who will really benefit from the retention basin."

The city controls the gates on the new retention pond. So far it hasn't been used.

It was built to relieve intense downpours that cause flash flooding.

Lincoln hopes when the day comes that the pond is needed, it works.

"Oh yes yes yes. That would be great. It will be nice not to have a mess out here when it rains," Lincoln said. 
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