Oxford residents say drainage problems need to be fixed
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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Rainwater drainage problems on the 100 block of Davis Avenue in Oxford have several residents upset about what they say is a lack of response from the Street Department. Submitted photo.
Rainwater drainage problems on the 100 block of Davis Avenue in Oxford have several residents upset about what they say is a lack of response from the Street Department. Submitted photo.
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OXFORD – Rainwater drainage problems on the 100 block of Davis Avenue in Oxford have several residents upset about what they say is a lack of response from the Street Department.

Lu Moseley said since March she’s been trying to get the city to address clogged drains and filled-in ditches along Davis Avenue in the Blue Pond subdivision.

Photographs she took after heavy rains on May 18 show large pools of standing water on the street and in several yards, but the problem is there no matter how much rain falls, she said.

Pete Holcomb has lived on Davis Avenue for 40 years, and said it comes down to a lack of regular maintenance in the older subdivision, which was developed in the 1960s.

The street was designed in a way that half of the rainwater should drain into a lake behind the subdivision, Holcomb said, but the concrete pipe leading to the lake has been clogged for decades.

“All the time I’ve been out here I’ve never seen them clean that pipe,” Holcomb said. “They’ve got crews that are supposed to go do that.”

The drainage problem on his street has been bad for years, Holcomb said, describing an elderly neighbor whose yard regularly floods because of clogged drain pipes underneath the driveway and ditches filled with dirt.

Javiolet Porter lives across the street from Moseley, and said water regularly pools in her yard and runs across the street onto Moseley’s.

Moseley said she spoke with Oxford Mayor Leon Smith April 5, and workers from the Street Department did clean out the drainpipe underneath Moseley’s driveway, but she said that wasn’t what she asked for, and did not solve the problem.

“The water still backs up. It’s got nowhere to go,” Moseley said.

The drain pipe has since filled with dirt.

Moseley said she hasn’t just had problems getting the city to address the drainage issue. She said she’s had trouble getting the city to enforce all kinds of city codes, from getting grass cut to removing broken-down vehicles from yards and getting a street light installed on Davis Avenue.

“This is not about trying to cause trouble. I just want people to do their job, and we all pay taxes and should receive a certain level of service,” she said.

Moseley said Smith promised a meeting between himself, Moseley and Street Department Supervisor Don Hart, but that meeting never happened.

Moseley’s numerous attempts to reach Hart over the last several months were also unsuccessful, she said.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Hart declined to answer any questions about the matter.

“There is no drainage problem there,” Hart said. “I don’t have a comment.”

Moseley spoke to the council during the June 11 meeting about the drainage problems, and was told by council President Steven Waits that a meeting would be set up with Smith and Hart to discuss the matter.

Attempts this week to reach Waits and Smith for comment were unsuccessful.

“All we’re asking is to be done fair,” Holcomb said.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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