Memphis, TN (abc24.com) - People in Midtown Memphis are tired of looking up at the sky, wondering if the next rain cloud could mean flooding, especially near the area of the Lick Creek drainage basin.
On Thursday, September 29, 2011, more than 100 residents turned out to talk with the city about what could be done to prevent further flooding.
"We been having flooding problems in our area for the last 20 years," said Joseph Steinberg.
Steinberg told abc24.com he thinks part of the problem is all the brush and overgrowth in the basin. Chris Kobernus also knows a thing or two about flooding.
"Water was over both cars, we were trying to salvage records and everything that was on the ground because it was coming into the house," said Kobernus as he reflected on how his house flooded last May.
"An absolute panic everything we worked hard for, is now almost underwater," Kobernus told abc24.com.
At the meeting, the city reviewed a report that recommended the greensward part of Overton Park not be used a storm water retention due to a public outcry. The report also suggested the city do more to clean debris from Lick Creek.
City administrators said any plan will take time, likely several years, and cost at least $20 million.