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Flash flooding causes property damage and raises concerns

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Heavy rains made for tense moments for some Jackson residents.  Flash flooding damaged property and forced families to stay home from work Thursday to clean up the mess.

Downpours caused flash flooding Wednesday evening on Wood Dale Drive and Montrose Circle.  Those living there said they knew this could happen and had already requested help from the city.  In a matter of minutes, Montrose Circle disappeared under rushing water.

Heavy rain flooded Eubanks Creek and filled up drainage ditches.  "It didn't look like it was going to stop.  It just kept coming and coming from both sides from the street side and the creek side," said Gene Yelverton, a Montrose Circle resident.

The water left its mark about a foot high on Yelverton's fence.  His vehicles were not damaged, but his neighbor's car was not so lucky. 

"It's just one of those things you feel helpless, the cars are in the garage, you can't get them out, you just let it take its course," said Yelverton.

"This would not have been this bad if it had been cleaned out when it was supposed to be cleaned out," said Barbara Castleberry, a Wood Dale Drive Resident.

Castleberry said people in the neighborhood have called the city of Jackson for the last few months, requesting crews to clean out debris from the ditches.  The crews arrived Thursday afternoon only after the damage had been done.

"I'm hoping that this would be tended to from now on and we won't have any more episodes like this," said Castleberry.

City of Jackson spokesperson Christopher Mims gave this word of caution, "The city of Jackson encourages residents to ensure that debris is removed the vicinity of the curb and drainage channels.  Heavy rain events can carry all types of debris that can clog storm drains as well as drainage channels."

If you have concerns about drainage channels in your area call the Mayor's Action Line at (601) 960-1111.

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