Hartford Residents Prepare for Potential Flooding

Hartford, AL - For Linda Powell and Daryl Woods, flooding is nothing new in their Hartford neighborhood.

"All the drains around here go to one pipe, and they pipe it down to the bay. We just hope it doesn't get stopped up, because if it does water backs up," said Linda.

Just this past February, extreme flooding forced the couple to use a boat in their own front yard.

However, the weather conditions are a little different this time around. That gives Daryl and Linda hope.

"I'm praying it don't flood this time. I'm hoping they've got something done," said Linda.

They've already been preparing, moving some things to higher ground and pulling their boat around to the front of the house in case they can't get out.

"I try to keep boards and metals. We've got some barricade stuff. I got some ties. Just put stuff up to keep it from washing away. Because once the house starts floating and people drive by it takes it off the blocks," said Daryl.

Linda and Daryl have lived in their home for more than a decade. They would move, but the couple says it would be hard to sell because of the its history of flooding.

News 4 tried to contact the mayor's office to learn if they've come up with a solution, but there was no answer.

Linda and Daryl aren't the only ones concerned.

Shannon Vineyard is spending his holiday trying to keep others dry. They're digging a drainage ditch around the Hartford Retirement Village hoping to keep the rain out.

"It's not my job to dig ditches, it's my job to take care of these people. This is a home, and they depend on us to do that. We're not foreseeing any damage this time. Largely because we're out here on a preemptive strike to prevent that," said Vineyard.


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