City of Tuscaloosa hopes FEMA grant could fix neighborhood flood problems

City of Tuscaloosa hopes FEMA grant could fix neighborhood flood problems
A watch for flooding sign on Woodland Hills Road

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Some people living in or near Tuscaloosa’s Woodland Hills subdivision have experienced ongoing flooding and water runoff issues.

Nels Frazier knows plenty about rain related problems since moving close to the Woodland Hills subdivision a year ago. “Anytime we get rain, this whole hill just kinds of runs off,” Frazier said.

It’s in a watershed that includes the Upper Cribbs Mill Creek Tributary and Patton Lake. Part of that neighborhood often floods.

“We tried to have a garden here and it washed out like three times,” Frazier added.

The City of Tuscaloosa will use a $132,000 FEMA grant to hire an engineering firm in hopes of solving the flood problem.

“So the outcome of the study will be to determine if there are some things that we can do and once that’s determined we can go back and apply for another grant that would actually help us with construction of any of these measures they may determine during the study,” According to Tera Tubbs, Executive Director of Infrastructure and Public Service for the City or Tuscaloosa.

Frazier remains hopeful. “We get a lot of runoff. I think it’s good that they’re looking at it trying to mitigate issues in the future,” he concluded.

Schoel Engineering Company, Inc. has been chosen to find a solution to the flooding problem.

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