County to revisit Stovall Road drainage issue after heavy rains flood homeowners’ property

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - When the waters began to rise on Birdie Ferguson's lawn, she knew exactly who to call.

WHNT News 19 Took Action for Birdie after rushing waters flooded her yard and made her driveway impassable in July of 2013.

After our report, county officials made those much needed improvements to the Stovall Road neighborhood. They removed debris and cleared the ditch that runs along the front of her property, to reduce the flooding.

But two years later, the waters are rising again.

"It just kept comin' on up, comin' on up, comin' on up," said Birdie.

When she walked outside Thursday morning she found her flowers and young trees near the front of her yard were under water. A neighbor's playset had been washed into the current, and blocked the drain.

When we heard from Birdie that her yard was flooded again, we reached out to Commissioner Phil Vandiver. Within 20 minutes he was on the scene, shortly followed by a crew to clear the debris.

Vandiver says he's working with the homeowners to come up with a more effective solution - like packing the ditch near Birdie's lawn with rocks.

"It looks like we still may need to do some more things to keep erosion down, and help her out. Just work with her on some issues and help solve it out," said Vandiver.

This time around, Birdie hopes the fix will stick.

Vandiver reminds residents when there is heavy rainfall flooding is inevitable in some areas. He encourages residents to call his district office so they can work out a solution.

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