On Wednesday, one neighbor says he's tired of getting excuses from the city. He wants a permanent solution before it ruins his home. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
An East Memphis neighborhood has flooded at least eight times in the last eight years, and they want answers. (Photo Source: Eric Phillips)
East Memphis, Tennessee -
(WMC) - An East Memphis neighborhood has flooded at least eight times in the last eight years, and they want answers.
On Wednesday, one neighbor says he's tired of getting excuses from the city. He wants a permanent solution before it ruins his home.
Almost $20,000 is how much money Eric Phillips spent to clean up and prevent flooding at his East Memphis home.
"Originally when these houses were built they didn't change the elevation, because there was a creek bed from my house to my neighbor's a few doors down," Phillips said.
Phillips has dealt with flooding after heavy rain fall; first in his backyard then his garage and into his home.
He says the root of the problem starts just around the corner at a storm drain. He also states when it rains and this overflows, all the water ends up in his yard.
Phillips says officials told him a "once in a decade" rain event resulted in the floods, but he does not buy it.
"The problem has been continual, but it's gotten progressively worse over the years, and they continue saying it's a once in a 50-year-event, but when you look at the last 10 years, that's all the time that it's happened out of those 50 years.," Phillips said.
Someone from the city came out to survey the problem, and Phillips even did his own work to prevent floods.
Several drains have been installed in his backyard and there are several more pipes running underground through his backyard, to the side of the house and into his bedrock.
Still the water rises and falls, coming into their home and his garage he's had to rebuild three times.
After eight floods, he just wants a solution to a rising soggy problem.
"Just find some way, whether it be landscaping, whether it be adjustment of the drainage system. Just to be able to get it into the yard and not the house," Phillips said.
WMC Action News 5 investigators reached out to the city for answers. Phillips says he has contacted a lawyer about the situation.
At one point he thought about putting up a concrete wall but that would only send the water to his neighbor's home and not solve the problem.
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