Residents voice flooding problems to city

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Robert Loving's home was flooded back in February during a storm that brought several inches of rain to Columbus.

Loving brought his concerns to city leaders Tuesday night, saying his home was flooded because of the city's inadequate drainage system and as a result, most of his belongings were destroyed.

City manager Isaiah Hugley encouraged Loving to depend on flood insurance.

"We're investigating the complaints and making assessments and we will go before council with each individual complaint and tell them what we found, in terms of assessment," says Hugley.

"In my opinion, the only thing I got from what he was saying is the city was not responsible for it because it was an act of God," says Loving.

Loving and City Manager Hugley have scheduled a one-on-one meeting to discuss the issue further.

For a short term fix, Hugley says the city plans to put barricades in place when heavy rain comes. A long term plan for the city includes hiring an engineering consultant to look at the city's current drainage system.