Sheffield pastor and son help with drowning rescue in area affected by flooding

Storms cause major flooding in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WAFF) - The final moments of a heroic act by a nearby citizen.

Sheffield Police Chief said a man decided to jump the fence and go for a swim, and nearly drowned.

That’s when Pastor Mark Grigsby and his son Joshua sprang into action.

“The firemen couldn’t get over the fence. They were jumping over the fence on the other side of the pond. I was right here so I just took off running. I didn’t know what was going on. It looked like he was drowning so I ran in there and he threw me a stick and I tried to pull him up and I detained him up against the fence until an officer got over there,” said Joshua Grisgby.

The man, John Gerald King, was taken into custody for reckless endangerment , but Pastor Grigsby and other community members still have another problem to worry about - flooding.

“The city of Sheffield needs to do something about this water problem and that’s the fact,” said Sheffield resident Joan Staggs.

Five feet of rain flooded Oakwood Blvd in Sheffield Wednesday night.

Flooding on Oakwood Blvd in Sheffield
Flooding on Oakwood Blvd in Sheffield (Source: Colbert County EMA)

Today, the water is slowly receding leaving residents like Joan Staggs with a flooded basement once again.

“I’m having trouble right now because this has happened again and it shouldn’t have happened,” said Staggs.

Her basement flooded in 2019 as well.

“Its heartbreaking,” said Staggs.

She said that something needs to be done to fix the retention pond because the drains are blocks.

“It costs a lot of money to go through what we go through. Sometimes when these floods come and all of us don’t have that extra money to take care of all of this,” said Staggs.

Just down the street from Staggs, at Lifesong Church, their basement also flooded.

The pastor said when he got that call he immediately thought of the 2019 floods.

“I’m going ‘Ooh no,’ We’re fixing to have a repeat of what happened in 2019,” said Mark Grigsby.

He said that only two to three inches got into the churches basement this time and they were able to salvage many items.

“In 2019 we had four feet of water in our basement. It looked like a river and a lake down there. We lost everything then,” said Grigsby.

He hopes the city’s plan is to take a serious look at the pond.

“Just a continued effort to make sure their clean and ,you know, our church is available to volunteer our time to help if we can help them, help us, and help the surrounding community,” said Grigsby.

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