Flood water on Hunter Road now contaminated; officials to meet with residents
Flooding problems continue in Ooltewah on Hunter Road, where the floodwater is contaminated due to septic tanks being backed up.
Resident Bill Baker says he has been using space heaters to keep his home warm due to the flood damage to his air conditioning unit.
Baker says he has never seen flooding like this in the area.
"This is considered major to me. I mean although I am one of the lucky ones without it getting into my home,” Baker said.
Baker, who has lived off Hunter Road for 30 years, showed Channel 3 his property.
It’s clear the floodwater has receded but it's still a foot deep.
He says flood water has been on his property for two weeks now.
According to Hamilton County Emergency Management, the water is contaminated due to buildup from septic tanks.
With more rain on the way, Baker worries about more damage to his property.
"Of course with the heat and air conditioning system, and plus the damage in the garage, and walls and things like that, I'd say it will cost $10,000-$12,000,” Baker said.
Baker and several neighbors have reached out to elected officials for help.
Representative Mike Carter tells Channel 3, "This is a serious matter that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, and we need to find a temporary solution and a permanent fix to this area."
"We just hope that FEMA, or TEMA, or TDEC, will offer for some kind of help. And I'm not saying the county should pay for it, I think we should have some kind of restitution to help us,” Baker said.
But Baker says all they can do at this point is take it one day at a time.
"We just do the best we can with what we got, and just like I said before, because of our faith, the Lord set us through, and we will make it,” Baker said.
Representative Carter says he and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials plan to meet with residents at Hunter Road and Flagstone Drive around 9:30 Friday morning in hopes of finding a solution.
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