Some Decherd residents are stepping up after a torrential downpour Sunday night left more than just rainwater in their yards.
Some Decherd residents came home from work on Tuesday to find lime and bleach sprinkled across the ditches and some yards in the attempt to sanitize the area where a sewer drain overflowed from the seven inches of rain the county received late Sunday night into early morning Monday. City officials say steps are being taken to correct the problem.
A sewage manhole was flooded in southeast Decherd, between Old Winchester Road and Noles Street, leaving some residents with solid waste and an odor that made them more than upset with the issue.
A.J. Ladd, a Noles Street resident, said he woke up Monday to find his garage and yard flooded with, not only rainwater, but overflow from a city sewage drain.
Upset about his finding, he said he contacted city personnel about the issue and had no luck immediately resolving his situation.
However, Ladd said he talked to employees who were at Noles Street Tuesday evening who were spreading lime and bleach in ditches and some yards to sanitize the area.
Terry Partin, a 20-year resident on property just behind Quality Inn, said that the issue doesn’t seem to be getting the attention it deserves.
“It keeps getting passed on,” he said. “We have had overflow issues for years, and nothing has been done about it.”
However, Street and Sanitation Department Superintendent Mike St. John said Tuesday the city is taking steps to correct the problem.
He said a parking lot behind the Quality Inn in Decherd has runoff into a drain system and soil had collapsed, allowing water in abundance to get into the sewer drain, causing the system to overflow.
St. John said Quality Inn management has been informed about the situation is working to receive bids to fix its drainage problems.
Carol Anna, Quality Inn manager, confirmed the company is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve the problem.
Partin said he also has concerns about the runoff getting into Wagner Creek, which follows into Sharp Springs Creek, which drains into Tims Ford Lake.
“We are worried about our health at this point,” Partin said. “When a sewage drain overflows it leads strait into water supply at the creek.
“This is a health situation more than anything.”
Ladd provided the following video that he recorded to show the flooding problem at his home.