Fighting for You: Harvest Man Blames Madison County For Flooding Around His Home

HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – The week’s rain is gone, but some of the water remains. North Alabama is saturated. One Madison County homeowner fears his house will be damaged every time it rains.

The homeowner says one recent rainfall put several feet of water inside his home. He told WHNT NEWS 19′s Venton Blandin Madison County is to blame.

Brian Waters says he talked with Madison County leaders about the flooding problems at his home and they agreed stop the flooding.  However, he says county officials are no longer planning to do anything.

Waters told WHNT NEWS 19 he lived in his home for several years, but has never seen water enter the home until April 27, 2011. Waters says he has called and talked with everyone with the county he can imagine, but can’t get any response.

Waters bought his Harvest home in 1995. It’s located on Old Railroad Bed Road.

“I moved here in January of 1995 and lived here approximately 17 years. I did not have any problems with flooring until April 27th of last year,” said Waters.

He believes 10 inches of rain fell at the home that day. He says more than two feet of water made it into his house and three feet outside.

“I lost a lot of stuff in my shed. I had to repair a lot,” added Waters.

Waters stripped his home, re-insulated the walls and replaced some siding.  He says he talked with Madison County engineers and watched them do surveys around the property.

Waters told WHNT NEWS 19 the creek near his home looks nice on a regular day, but water from it can crest near the roadway during heavy rainfall. He says that’s when the problem begins.

Waters understood engineers approved a plan to add a bigger culvert over the creek. He told WHNT NEWS19 he did not hear anything for three months, so he checked in with District Four Commissioner Dale Strong.

“They pretty much told me that they had some more road projects going on and that I would be next,” said Waters.

Waters felt it was time for WHNT NEWS 19 to get involved.

“I have seen you do a lot in the past and noticed the people you have helped in the past. I need help,” added Waters.

WHNT NEWS 19′s Venton Blandin checked in with Commissioner Strong. Commissioner Strong said Waters’ situation could float into a courtroom soon, so he declined to comment.

Waters denied threatening Madison County with a lawsuit.

“I feel like they are liable and accountable for the damage to my house,” added Waters.

Waters did tell WHNT NEWS 19 a neighbor talked about suing the county.

“I feel like the county has let me down. I feel like I have been betrayed or like they’ve just walked away from me,” added Waters.

WHNT NEWS 19 could not get Commissioner Strong to comment on this story, so we checked in with the Madison County Engineering Department. An engineer familiar with Waters’ situation also declined to comment.

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