City Cleaning Up Mud Slide Damage on Missionary Ridge

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 6/24/2013 11:49 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN  (WDEF)  - Now that the weekly rains have slacked-off, the Chattanooga public works department is moving ahead with plans to clean up the mess made last year by mudslides on Missionary Ridge.
Residents there say it can't happen any too soon.

JOHNNIE GOMEZ, MISSIONARY RIDGE RESIDENT "I saw water. It was coming down that hill...and we said, we've got to get out of here..we'll get washed away."

Johnnie Gomez wondered if the cascading wall of mud would endanger her family, or the children at her daycare.
It didn't---but it left a yard full of dirt and silt which has already been cleaned up.

JOHNNIE GOMEZ "It was rain..but it was the Tennessee Water company line that broke..there was a line that broke caused by water."

James McClellan blames the water and mud for pushing-over a retaining wall and flooding his yard.

JAMES MCCLELLAN, GLENWOOD PARKWAY "Its a storm drain right in the middle of my backyard..that's about two feet underground..what happens now when it the water comes down..goes past the drain and ends up in my neighbor's basement.'

The Chattanooga Public Works department says the trouble started on Shallowford Road near Obey street where a water main broke last September.

LEE NORRIS, ADMINISTRATOR, CHATT. PUBLIC WORKS DEPT. " And we got to looking at it and we couldn't tell what occurred first...did the mudslide break the pipe or did the pipe break and cause the mudslide."

Norris says the city will repair the damage down on Glenwood Parkway.
A landscape architect has been hired to advise the crews on what to do.

LEE NORRIS "We'll go out there..and based on what he told us...we'll remove some of that. We'll haul in some top-soil, reseed some things. That's probably the cleanest drainage system in the city right now..because every time it rains we go out there and clean it again."

Lee Norris says, if all goes well, that work should be completed in about 3 weeks.

The water company has since relocated its water main.
The city will now stabilize the side of Missionary Ridge in that area, and reinforce it with concrete.

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