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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– Twice this summer, the Avondale neighborhood has flooded– leaving a mess behind. The problem traces back to a clogged culvert which needs to be repaired, but earlier this week, council members rejected a proposal to pay for the work. A few weeks ago, as businesses sandbagged doors to try and keep rising waters out, cars flooded out– one belonging to City Councilman Jonathan Austin.
A culvert in the community is collapsing and needs immediate attention, but council members have rejected spending the $350,000 needed to do the work. Austin says he believes one of the reasons the council didn’t support the request initially is because there is no budget in place for 2014. That’s left business owners in Avondale feeling abandoned. Jen Barnett owns Freshfully. She is pushing an online petition to get council members to reconsider their decision and put the money to work to fix this flowing problem now!
Councilman Austin says the city should reconsider the item as the money to repair the culvert would come from emergency funds and not the general fund. Stay with CBS 42 news as we continue to follow this story.