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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2007

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Ditch on Old Moulton Road before being cleaned up by the city’s Public Works Department.

Decatur cleans up ditch featured in Hiding series

By Tiffeny Hurtado · 340-2440

The same day The Daily reported in a Hiding in Plain Sight feature on a ditch covered in trees, weeds and litter on Old Moulton Road in front of Country Cottages, the city’s Public Works Department was out on the job cleaning up the mess.

Crews worked Wednesday morning and then later in the afternoon. A resident had told The Daily that the ditch hadn’t been cleaned in years.

“That ditch was last cleaned out in October, and we never had any residents complain to us about there being a problem this spring,” said Julia Chenault, coordinator for the Department of Public Works.

Luther Cagle, who lives across the street from the ditch, said he is glad the city cleaned out the ditch but doesn’t think that will be enough to stop his yard from flooding when that ever-elusive rain falls.

“My yard floods every time we get a bad rain storm, and it’s been so bad before that I couldn’t even get out of my house,” he said.

Cagle said the city hasn’t cleaned the ditch in years, and he has appealed to several city officials over the years, including former Mayor Lynn Fowler and Councilman Ronny Russell.

Falling bridge?

He said he is afraid the bridge running under the road will fall in one day.

He said the ditch has widened by 5 feet since he has lived there because of water rushing through it.

“The water is just going to turn out quicker since they cleaned the culvert,” he said.

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