City builds retention pond to help with creek flooding - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

City builds retention pond to help with creek flooding

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - City employees worked tirelessly Monday, cutting down trees and creating what they call a retention pond.

This structure is meant to help with flooding in homes surrounding Days Creek.
"It has been a constant problem," said Mayor A C Wharton.

Homes around Days Creek frequently sustain flood damage when the ditches behind them overflow. Wharton said the man-made pond will alleviate some of those issues.

"It will be a green space when the water is not there, but what it does is, it will give the water a place to go," said Wharton.

Wharton said the homes flood because the water has nowhere to go. By cutting down these trees and creating an open space, the water
will flow to the pond instead.

"With the passing of a couple hours in many instances, it's all gone, but you have this flash flooding and it goes into the houses. Now, it will have that open, hollowed out space to go to," Wharton explained.

Last November, WMC Action News 5 spoke with a family in Whitehaven whose home was completely flooded after the drainage ditch behind their home filled up. Their carpets were destroyed, walls soaked, and mold filled their home. The family did not want to go on camera in June, but they did say they are still suffering. 
"My home is still pretty damaged," said one neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous.

She showed us the cracks that are still in her ceiling and the water damage to her kitchen floor from a previous flood.
"Whatever they can do that will help the situation will be fine, but let's just hope that works," she added.

For now, workers are removing trees and completing the retention pond that Wharton said is just one step in a much larger project.

Workers added that the retention pond should be completed within 90 days.

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