In a packed room at the Metro police West Precinct, residents and metro employees discussed flooding.
Some think they’ve found a fix.
“We have a solution, its right here, it’s already written in the metro stormwater regulation,” said resident Craig Brabson.
Brabson and community members in The Nations neighborhood believe cleaning the sediment and trees near the Richland Creek would create more surface area for rainfall.
They say Metro stormwater regulations support their findings.
Metro council member Mary Carolyn Roberts says that’s why she organized the meeting, so people like Brabson could present their thoughts to various city departments.
“It helps to have all of the players in one room, because they can get their individual problems. and pretty much almost the head of every department is here,” said Roberts.
With at least seven departments in attendance, from metro water to the mayor’s office, Councilwoman Roberts says she wants to find a permanent fix.
“My point of having all this was so that the voices, every person in my district in the district surrounding me, could feel like they are being heard by the people they need to be heard by.”
“That’s what we want to know, who has the authority? Who has the will and finances to get in there and maintain the creek like it used to be maintained?” said Brabson.