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Roanoke Rapids flood victims say city drain pipes partly to blame

Posted September 11, 2012

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— Roanoke Rapids residents whose homes and cars were damaged by flash flooding last month say the city is partly to blame.

Nearly a foot of rain fell in Halifax and Northampton counties Aug. 25, damaging more than 150 homes and businesses and sending more than 50 people to local shelters.

Tim Strickland was forced from his home by flood waters. He said at a City Council meeting Tuesday that clogged, small city drain pipes made the flooding much worse.

"My house is still there, and it is going to flood again," he said. "Until the drainage is fixed, it will flood again."

City Manager Joe Scherer said there's no reason to believe that the city is liable for any damages.

"There has been hardly any blockages or anything in the areas that would have caused the pipes to back up," he said. "Our analysis is that the system was overwhelmed by the water that fell in that short period of time."

He added, however, that city leaders would look into whether drainage pipes should be widened.

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  • lovelarvae Sep 13, 2012

    "If the city said you don't need flood insurance, they should be held responsible"

    But did the city actually say that? Where is 'the letter'?

  • lovelarvae Sep 13, 2012

    "When the city sent out that letter saying 'you don't need flood insurance now' they did set themselves up for accountability..."

    Have you actually seen such a letter? Do you have a source or link to it?

  • lagarner11 Sep 12, 2012

    If the city said you don't need flood insurance, they should be held responsible

  • more cowbell Sep 12, 2012

    OH YES, let's blame somebody for your misfortune.

    Mistake #1, taking the city's advice on something they are totally unqualified to provide.
    Mistake #2, living in Roanoke Rapids.

  • smegma Sep 12, 2012

    sorry flood victims, we have a randy parton theater to pay for. LOL i crack myself up

  • Road-wearier Sep 12, 2012

    When the city sent out that letter saying 'you don't need flood insurance now' they did set themselves up for accountability...