Neighbors Disturbed by Flood Construction

A much-needed solution in one Savannah neighborhood is causing major headaches for another. Heavy rains through the years have caused flooding in Ardsley Park, so the city is adding culverts to drain the excess water. The project could take several years and residents aren't happy.

For the last few months, crews have been creating culverts to the Casey Canal on East 56th Street. For resdient Vincent Dober, flooding is no longer the primary concern because those culverts cut directly through several front yards. "When you have a toothache, that's how it felt," he said of the disturbance caused by the construction.

Some residents say the construction has become a painful experience. A few of them can't even park on the street. That's where Susan Broker comes in. She is the citizen liaison hired by the city to listen to neighborhood problems. And so far her job hasn't been easy. "Residents are dealing with it as much as they can," she said. "They are charging on."

Although the end result will be a dryer neighborhood, Dober says all this the construction chaos may not be worth it. "You don't have a choice," he said. "No one has a choice in the whole thing. If we did, we would be in court or something."

Which means Dober and his neighbors will have to endure the sights and sounds of one problem to fix another.  Construction on East 56th Street is expected to end in 2005. Phase two will then begin near Waters Avenue.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com