Frayser floods again, city leaders discuss how to end flooding - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Frayser floods again, city leaders discuss how to end flooding

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FRAYSER, TN (WMC) -

A flash flood warning took over parts of Shelby and Tipton counties on Monday night.

People living near the 600 block of Mountain Terrace Street tell us their neighborhood flooded, stranding cars on the road and trapping people inside their homes.

As the old saying goes, 'When it rains, it pours,' but people living along Mountain Terrace say when it rains in their neighborhood -- it floods.

"You all need to come out here and fix this. Come do something; we are people," said Priscilla Lester, who lives on Mountain Terrace Street.

You may remember back in September, Lester made her frustrations known when she interrupted a WMC Action News 5 reporter during live coverage of the flooding on her street. The video went viral.

Monday's heavy rain only added to her frustrations. Now, she's cleaning up and trying to salvage what she can.

"I just moved in over the weekend, and it's quite devastating," Shalonda Williams said.

WMC Action News 5's Jerry Askin asked city engineer John Cameron what City of Memphis is doing about the flooding problem on Mountain Terrrace Street.

"We're trying to determine what the best course forward is. The first thing we have to do is to determine the cause of the flooding," Cameron said.

Cameron says crews have done some work near this creek since the last flood, hoping it would flow better. But, he says there's still more work that needs to be done.

"We're trying to get to the root of the problem and address it," Cameron said.

While his office continues to find solutions, Priscilla Lester says she's had enough.

"I got to get the hell out of here. I'm sorry for cursing, but I can't live like this," Lester said.

Memphis Office of Emergency Management tells WMC Action News 5 it is working to partner with different community organizations to possibly provide some kind of financial assistance to residents along Mountain Terrace Street who have been affected by the recent flooding.

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