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SeeClickFix: Decatur neighborhood drainage problem

We got a first-hand look at overgrown weeds and trash build up in Christian Hyder's backyard.  (Source: WAFF) We got a first-hand look at overgrown weeds and trash build up in Christian Hyder's backyard.  (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Drainage issues are the last thing you want to have near your home. A Decatur dad is calling on the city to fix the problem. 

We got a first-hand look at overgrown weeds and trash build up in Christian Hyder's backyard. 

"We've got this drainage ditch behind our property that hasn't been cleaned out in the 12 years we have lived here. Problems of rodents, snakes, standing water all the time, trees growing in the middle of the ditch," said Hyder.  

Hyder says it's about time the problem is fixed. 

"The other end of the neighborhood they have put concrete converts underneath the property, so whenever there is rain it feeds into the those concrete pipes and it feeds into our ditch. My question is why haven't they expanded it all the way down this ditch," Hyder said.  

The City of Decatur Street and Environmental Services Director Rickey Terry says since he's been on the job for three months the London Place drainage issue was the first thing on his desk. 

"We're going to work at it. We'll get to this house on London Place and get it resolved," said Terry.  

The plan to get their heavy equipment on the job site seems to be the biggest setback. It's an agrument of no access point. A bird's eye view of London Place subdivision shows a row of homes with a drainage ditch between them. They say the access points are on each end. 

Although unfortunate, they say ditches eventually drain behind Hyder's property. He says the city could cross his property, but the city is worried about causing more damage to his property that they would be responsible for cleaning up. 

The city is also trying to access the drainage problem from the pasture land that borders the house.

Whatever the case may be... Hyder says it's not for him, but for the sake of his growing family. 

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