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Oakland flooding problems has residents fighting mad

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OAKLAND, TN (WMC-TV) - Heavy rains this summer in the Mid-South have caused major flooding problems for residents in Oakland.

Beverly Netusil, and Oakland resident, had just replaced her carpet from June flooding when heavy rains caused more flood damage in July.  

"We've lived out here 11 years," she said. "This has never happened before. What's changed to make this happen in our system? We think there's a blockage." 

"Now we can't leave the house if there's a cloud in the sky," resident Shirley Bigham added. "We know if it rains, it's going to flood."

In Oakland's Northwood Estates subdivision, the flooding was so bad it practically covered a police car, and the cost of repairing the damage is more than some residents can handle. 

"I'm moving to get away from the flood," resident Haley Hall.

Hall and her family had moved everything outside after the first flood.  They were preparing to remodel when the second flood happened.

"I think it'll come back, rain hard again, and I can't move all the stuff again," she said.

Now, Hall and her family are moving to Wisconsin, where she says water freezes before it pours into her house.   But for some, moving isn't an option.

Oakland alderman Chuck Wombaugh believes the recent flooding is partly the city's problem. 

According to Wombaugh, the flood on June 14 should have sounded a warning bell to city officials to take appropriate action before the second flood July 30th. 

Wombaugh plans to raise this issue at the next Oakland city council meeting, scheduled for this Thursday.

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