Residents to ask Portsmouth city council to address flooding concerns

Posted at 4:25 PM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 23:13:34-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Residents asked the city council to address their flooding concerns at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

"The residents are asking for help and getting us some answers about what's going to be done about it," said Linda Artise, who spoke to city council on behalf of neighbors in the Prentis Park neighborhood.

Neighbors there say they don't have enough storm drains or that the drains are clogged.

"You have older and younger people who are frustrated as well as myself with the flooding," said Valencia Cross, who's been living there for twelve years.

Mayor Kenny Wright addressed the concerns, saying flooding city-wide happens just based on the city's location, but he asked the city manager to look into what's going on at Prentis Park.

Lydia Pettis Patton said she would review the concerns. She says a new project is starting soon in the area, which should help. In addition, the public works department continues to clean storm drains.

The group, New Virginia Majority, created a petition reading that was presented at the meeting.