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New bypass creates problems for homeowners

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  In northern Lee County, some homeowners blame a road project for their flooding problems. Highway 19 now bypasses Smithville.

But people who live near a new overpass say every time it rains now... water runs into their yards and stays pooled there for days.

Mud and water sit in Lucy Anderson's front yard. The dirt rim on her flower pot shows how high rain water rose when it rained last week.

"I wish the county could do something because they wouldn't want water in their yard," Anderson said.

Her home sits below the new Highway 19 Bypass. She's lived here more than 60 years, and she's never had flooding problems this bad. Ever since the road was completed, she says runoff flows into her yard blocking access to her front door.

Anderson says the concrete drain doesn't prevent water from going into her yard. Rain also covered her whole back yard and her neighbor's driveway blocking access to his home.

" Saturday you couldn't even see any spots of land it was all covered by water," neighbor Randy Lewis said. 

With more rain forecasted, Alonzo Smith worries about his mother's safety.

"It's a safety problem and I wish the city, county, or DOT would do something to fix this," Smith said.

Smithville Mayor Jerry Myrick says the city doesn't have the tools to fix the problem. He contacted DOT officials who are supposed to come out to assess the land.

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