A Jackson family is left with the messy aftermath of all of the recent wet weather in the city.
Wednesday's steady rainfall created a wet, flooded mess outside and inside of Ottis Hawkins' south Jackson home. Thursday morning water was still outside of the home. Inside, Hawkins has used several towels to wipe up the floors in the bathroom and bedrooms.
"The water is coming up inside my tub around my toilet and you know I never had that problem," Hawkins said.
Hawkins says she's lived in her home for one year. Flooding started about two months ago. Now, whenever it rains, it floods. The flood water reached close to one foot outside of Hawkins' house.
"I mean my whole carpet is wet; I'm going to have to try to take it up and get another one to go in there," said Hawkins.
The south Jackson resident says City of Jackson officials have told her that there's a drainage issue on her block. In the past crews have come out to drain flood water, but it's only been a temporary fix.
"They came out to unstop it, but they didn't do anything, now my house, everything is flooded out my yard looks a mess," Hawkins added.
On Wednesday, Hawkins called the city to have them drain the water again. As of Thursday morning, no one had been out.
Hawkins said, "It's been about a month I'd say and they haven't been back."
Chris Mims, the Director of Communications for the City of Jackson said city crews will unclog the drains around Hawkins' home Thursday.
In a statement, Mims says "We continually solicit the public's help citywide in properly disposing of debris so that it will not end up in the storm drains during significant weather events. "
"We do routinely check the storm drains for debris, especially in areas that are prone to the problem, and use our drain blower equipment to make sure they are clear. I will ask public works to add this location to that list."
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