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Property owners demand answers following flood

Flash flooding struck Decatur Sunday, causing damages to homes and businesses. (Source: Christy W) Flash flooding struck Decatur Sunday, causing damages to homes and businesses. (Source: Christy W)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Business and homeowners continued cleaning up flood damage Monday, asking what the city was going to do to prevent floods in the future.

Quick but torrential rainfall pelted the area Sunday evening, causing flash flooding and as yet untold dollars in damage.

Some people demanded better drains, while others wondered if new construction had caused the problem.

"We've been here 24 years and we never had any flooding until last year," said Superior Carpets' owner, Celeste Smith. "Now our entire store has flooded twice in 13 months."

Mayor Don Kyle stopped by the carpet store Monday morning, but the Smiths said he didn't provide any answers.

Decatur City Engineer Mark Peterson said the flooding was caused by the sudden, heavy rains mixed with a river operating at its "highest possible point." The Tennessee River is controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Peterson said they raise the river levels during the weekends in the summer for water activities.

He said the city is doing all it can and checking on everything, but he doesn't believe the flooding was due to a problem with infrastructure design.

The TVA said there was "misinformation floating around" regarding river levels. Spokesperson Kristine Shattuck Cooper said Monday that the river is "nowhere near flood levels and has not been all year."

"If Decatur flooded, it had nothing to do with the river," Cooper said.

Peterson asks people call Decatur Public Works if they notice any problems with drains.

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