Taking it to city hall: A family's fight to keep their heads above water
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —
Days after their home was flooded, the Perdue family is still working to dry off. Each time this happens they say it’s a hassle, but now they’re worried it could put a crack in their life.
Sarah Perdue says she’s been living a sort of watered-down version of what should have been high points in her life, like this past Christmas Eve.
“Instead of doing Santa Claus, we were down here mopping out the basement," said Perdue.
For the Perdue family, leaving out cookies and milk came second to dealing with the cracks, wood decay and flooded basement.
“The storms have ruined our floor,” said Perdue.
Year after year Sarah says knee-high waters fill their backyard, because runoff water from other areas makes its way to their home, where the drainage pipes intersect.
“It’s not the memories we want to be making, and [it's] not the the way the city should be treating private citizens," said Perdue.
That's why Perdue took her questions and complaints to the city.
“Please demonstrate to Alabama voters that you can take care of your constituency and take care of this problem," said Perdue to Mayor Maddox during a city council meeting Tuesday night.
“Before the city engages in any sort of action we certainly want to sit down with the home owners association (HOA) and with Ms. [sic] Perdue, as we’ve done, and tell you what we believe could be solutions and what we feel good bad can result of them,” said Mayor Maddox.
The city attempted to fix the issue in the past, but construction was stopped in its tracks after HOA claims that it wasn’t what they had agreed on.
For more than a decade this has been the Perdue family's life. Sarah Perdue tries to laugh it off but says there’s nothing funny about it.
“If I don’t laugh I’m gonna cry, and I really don’t want to be crying here on camera with you...But it’s discouraging,” said Perdue.