Residents who faced flooding in their homes since Jan. 1 could apply for a grant up to $12,500 under a plan approved Tuesday by Columbus Council.
The grant would be available to residents of Teak Drive where the Charter Oaks Watershed overflowed and other damaged streets on Levy Road, Artillery Drive, Robert E. Lee Drive and Holly Hills. City Manager Isaiah Hugley said the one-time grant program may cost $760,000 to $950,000 if the maximum amount is awarded.
Some Teak Drive residents weren’t happy with the grant because a partially clogged drain in the city-owned watershed contributed to flooding the neighborhood April 2 off Schomburg Road.
“These people lost everything,” said Robert Petitt, whose yard on Teak Drive was damaged by rushing flood waters. “I guest we will get with neighbors and figure out what the next step is. Lord have mercy.”
The decision was enough to make Leisa Kuntz cry. The residents of Teak Drive had no control over the maintenance of the watershed, she said. “They are going to give us a grant,” Kuntz said. “I think I might have to talk to a lawyer. That is not right. That is their thing. We have no control over it.”
After waiting for more than a month for answers, Kuntz said she’s really disappointed. “It’s disheartening,” Kuntz said. “I probably should go home and cry now.”