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Angry flash flood victims petition city

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BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Brandon residents, angry about Monday's early morning flash flooding, took their frustrations to city leaders.

Michael Blakeney lives on Windchase Drive and said around 2:30 a.m. Brandon police began evacuating residents.

Rain water from the ditch behind his home and street drains rose several inches into his house.

Tuesday neighbors were still cleaning the mess, piling carpeting at the curb and tossing damaged household items.

Blakeney said he moved in just two weeks ago and was told by his insurance company that he did not need flood insurance.

He and several other residents presented a petition to Brandon City Aldermen Tuesday during their regular meeting.

They are demanding that the city take measures to prevent future flooding.

"Three or four feet trees are growing up out in the center of the ditch. All kinds of foliage and things in the ditch, and the city claims that it has been cleaned out as of three months. And I find that hard to believe that three months later four foot trees have grown out of this ditch," said Blakeney.

Brandon Mayor Tim Coulter told homeowners the city was aware of the problem and will contact them later about what the city will do.

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