Hunter Road homes still flooded two weeks later

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — After more than two weeks, homes are still flooded on Hunter Road.

Bill baker lives on Hunter Road. He’s lived her for more than 30 years.

Like his neighbors, his yard is flooded. He says he’s only experienced flooding here once before. That was 20 years ago.

“But it wasn’t as badly as it is now. It went away a lot quicker too, because the ground isn’t so saturated as it is now,” Baker said.

Chris Adams, the director of Hamilton County Emergency Management, says eight homes on Hunter Road have been flooded for more than two weeks.

“Mother nature is a formidable foe and it is something that we are battling and it is really an act of God that we have no control over. We do make every effort to do everything known to man to do that,” Adams said.

Adams says the problem is all on private property.

“I checked again with public works today and they said there is no county right of way, no county drains, nothing contributing to any of the flooding,” he said.

Flooding also shutdown the nearby entrance to Flagstone. Adams says they’ve looked at different ways to pump the water out, but he says the options would adversely affect the flooded homes.

“We’ve exhausted all of our means of everything that we can do as far as county government. After the water recedes, we hope that we can do something with maybe debris management, maybe pursue other grants that can maybe help these individuals,” Adams said.

“Talk about exhaustion. It means nothing to us. We are totally stressed out and tired of the red tape and the runaround,” Baker said.

Baker is hoping someone takes action, so he won’t have to continue to wade through his yard.

“I hope they find some way to get the water out of here, so that we can get back to our normal way of life,” he said.

State Representative Mike Carter, whose district includes Hunter Road, asked for an emergency declaration on Tuesday.

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