Fed Up With Flooding, Harvest Residents Seek Help From County Commissioners

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HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – For Birdie Ferguson, a Summer shower is welcome, but not an all day downpour. Thursday, her front lawn was overtaken by rushing waters, caused by an overflowing drainage ditch.

Gravel from her neighbors driveway was washed into her garden. Flowers and plants were destroyed.

“I put about $200 into my garden,” said Birdie. “I am 71 years old, but I put in hard work – I love this garden.”

“This all used to be pretty green grass. I used to mow it,” Birdie said from her perch on a mound of gravel, washed over from her neighbor’s driveway. “There’s a rose bush in there somewhere.”
During the peak of Thursday’s rains, the driveway was nearly a foot under water.
“I got a sick husband, but if we needed an ambulance to get in here today, he couldn’t have got in here,” said Birdie.
Birdie says she hopes County Commissioner Phil Vandiver will be able to fix their flooding problem, by clearing out brush blocking the drainage ditch.

Vandiver told WHNT News 19 he had been surveying flooded areas across his district all day. He says he would be more than happy to meet with residents with flooding problems to see if a solution can be reached.

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