Local homeowner shares frustrations with flooding for the past three years

Local homeowner shares frustrations with flooding for the past three years

Natalie Beach doesn’t have the best relationship with the rain.

“I’ve lived here since 2013 and I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said.

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She’s just one of dozens whose home floods almost every time it rains in Madison. She said it’s a problem that’s happened for three years in a row, starting back in 2016, and the water levels keep rising higher.

“We were like OK, we’ve had enough of this, we need to take measurements, see how high was the water, get some video, get pictures, do as much as we can,” Beach said.

She’s reached out to the city on several occasions.

“We sent a certified letter to the city with our concerns and like please help us, this is what’s going on, this is serious. We expressed our concerns in front of all the alders and the mayor, and the city engineer followed us out and told us we are a top priority but we told him to make us believe it.”

News 3 reached out to City Engineer Robert Phillips who says Beach’s neighborhood (near Elver Park) is the city’s top priority when it comes to fixing storm water drainage. Phillips added while he understands the concerns and frustrations homeowners have with flooded basements and backyards, the city cannot fix privately owned property but can fix the drainage in public, city-owned areas. Phillips hopes that fixing the areas the drainage runs into will help alleviate the issues many homeowners are facing. He added the short term goal is to accomplish these fixes before the construction season ends this year; the long term goal is dependent on permits and costs.