Councilor Crystal Smitherman looks for solutions to fix flooding issues
PRESS RELEASE Friday January 25, 2019
Contact: Chiara Perry
BIRMINGHAM, AL – In stunning footage that appeared on national television this week, drivers on Sixth Ave. South were stranded and vehicles were partially submerged during recent heavy rains.
Councilor Crystal Smitherman, who represents area where the flooding occurred, said she is determined to see the issue resolved. Problems stemming from deteriorating infrastructure, such as road flooding, dangerous railroad crossings and bridges in disrepair, have been impacting residents for years in District 6. Smitherman has made it one of her goals to advocate for improvements to the existing infrastructure.
“We have a responsibility as city leaders to make sure our roads are safe for everyone living and traveling through Birmingham,” Smitherman said. “I’ve had to drive through this when it was flooded and it’s not a safe situation for people on the roads.”
The flooding has been primarily caused by clogged storm drains in the area, Smitherman explained. In order to fix this issue, Smitherman is looking for ways to use District 6 Public Improvement funds to pay for storm drains to be cleared of any rubbish.
“We want to get this fixed as soon as possible,” Smitherman said, adding her office is currently looking at street flooding studies completed by the City of Birmingham’s Planning and Engineering Department for ways to fix the issue and prevent similar problems from happening in the future.
This press release was written by Cody Owens, Public Information Officer, in the Birmingham City Council Office of Public Information. For more information or to schedule interviews contact Interim Director of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council Chiara Perry at 205-254-2036.