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South Pittsburg needs new drains, says city administrator

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It's day two of cleanup after major flooding damaged parts of South Pittsburg. Friday City Administrator Sammy Burrows told Channel 3 there's at least one proactive solution in preparing for another flood: fixing the current drainage system.

"Do we need more drains, bigger drains, that's just something out engineers will let us know," Burrows said. "We heard this was the perfect storm so will thing happen again? We don't know."

72-year-old Doris Bynum is cleaning up her yard from Wednesday night's mess.

"There was garbage everywhere. In my front and my back. Looked like a dump truck came through," she said.

Bynum lives at the foot of South Pittsburg Mountain where the rock slide occurred. She said new drains are needed.

"Yeah I think they need to do something about it. They need bigger tile, they need to stop that water coming off the mountain and route it somewhere else. And save people's houses," she said.

Burrows said the drains haven't been an issue until now but thinks many could be clogged from storm debris.

"Through the years they've worked pretty well but we've got some water capacity that we got to rethink some things now," Burrows said. "We're looking at areas where we can install some new drainage."

Burrows said to fix drains, the city would apply for grants. That's a lengthy process, he said. But he assures his neighbors the city looks to prevent a repeat of Wednesday.

"Hopefully if this thing happens again, we'll be more prepared for it," he said.

Burrows said after assessing the elementary schools and residential homes, the damage will cost more than $1,000,000 to repair. He hasn't included local businesses in that dollar figure yet.

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