Columbus crews battle flooding in Fox Fire neighborhood off Schomburg Road

City crews are on the scene of neighborhood flooding after water overwhelmed a watershed off Schomburg Road and threatened 11 homes.

“The rain brought water into the watershed faster than the bypass could pump it out,” Deputy City Manager David Arrington said today.

The watershed lake, with about 20 feet of water, was too much for the pump, and water rushed over the spillway. Arrington said city crews are working to relocate the pump and add four more to control the water in the Fox Fire neighborhood.

Eleven homes in a cul-de-sac were threatened. At least three homes had more than 2 inches of water inside, said resident Mark LaJoye.

About 30 city trucks were on the scene battling the flood.

“They are sandbagging behind the house to divert water,” LaJoye said.