Jacksonville tenants seeking help days after flood: "It's not ou - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Jacksonville tenants seeking help days after flood: "It's not our fault"

Posted: Updated:

Tyler (KYTX) -- Those heavy rains we saw last week have caused some headaches for East Texans several days later. People in Jacksonville, even believe the flooding they've experienced, could have been prevented.

Things still aren't back to normal for families that live at The Lodge apartment complex. One family's belongings were soaked in sewage water from a nearby ditch that had overflowed early Halloween morning.

"We woke up and there's ankle-deep water in our house. We opened our door and it's like a river outside," Mandi Lovelady, a tenant at The Lodge, said.

The flooding ruined most of her toddler's things. 

"His toys, his books, we had to get rid of some clothes," Lovelady said.

She is blaming her family's hardship on a clogged up drainage system that she says is the City of Jacksonville's responsibility to maintain. They also claim a fallen retaining wall, didn't help matters in the downpour.

We checked with City of Jacksonville leaders, and they admit a drainage pipe under the road did have debris and some furniture in it. But, they say, that's natural.

"Anytime you have a drainage structure like that, it's subject to getting stopped up from time to time," Will Cole, Director of Public Works in Jacksonville, said.

One tenant says she asked the city for months to clean out the nearby ditches.

"Over the summer, we put in so many complaints to the city. We want them to be cleaning these sewage lines out in case something like this were to happen. It's not our fault," Virginia Hardeman, another tenant, said.

In response, the City of Jacksonville has filed a claim with its insurance company last week and is waiting to hear back on who is liable.

That determination should be made within a matter of days, and could result in reimbursement for those tenants who suffered losses.

The owner of The Lodge did not want to comment on the flooding.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Report: Air Algerie plane vanishes from radar

    Report: Air Algerie plane vanishes from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:28:48 GMT
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.  Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 1:50 a.m. GMT (10:50p EDT), the agency said.

    More >>
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.  Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 1:50 a.m. GMT (10:50p EDT), the agency said.


    More >>
  • Update: Autopsy reveals stab wound led to death of 4-year-old girl

    Update: Autopsy reveals stab wound led to death of 4-year-old girl

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:50:12 GMT
    Victoria Wyatt (photo: family)Victoria Wyatt (photo: family)
    UPDATE: ATHENS, TX (KYTX) - An autopsy report reveals a stab wound to the chest contributed to the death of 4-year-old Victoria Wyatt.More >>
    UPDATE: ATHENS, TX (KYTX) - An autopsy report reveals a stab wound to the chest contributed to the death of 4-year-old Victoria Wyatt.More >>
  • Why Smith County won't be making rulings on immigration issue

    Why Smith County won't be making rulings on immigration issue

    We're learning more about what led Smith County commissioners to vote on some immigration resolutions and the reason for the outcomes. The commissioners court discussion Tuesday came down to what a county government's role is. More >>
    We're learning more about what led Smith County commissioners to vote on some immigration resolutions and the reason for the outcomes. The commissioners court discussion Tuesday came down to what a county government's role is. More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.