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Cincinnati Avenue Residents Still Dealing With Flooding after Fourth

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It's nearly three weeks after the unprecedented rain on the Fourth of July and a number of residents living on Cincinnati Avenue experienced flooding to their homes. Tuesday, they took their concerns to the Panama City City Commission.

While residents look for answers, one of their main concerns is making sure this doesn't happen for a second time. For Adele Dougherty even the sound of thunder makes her nervous.

"Yes, for fear that it will happen again," said Dougherty.

Dougherty's home received some of the worst flooding on her street.

"You're in your home and it doesn't even feel like it's your own home because it's in shambles," she said.

What's worse, Dougherty is a first time home owner.

"Our baseboards are ripped out, our complete flood is ripped out, and we are stuck and don't know where to go from here," she said.

Now, more than twenty days after the rain, Dougherty's children still find themselves above ground level.

"I can't even put her on the ground because it's now down to the complete concrete," said Dougherty.  

She and other residents took their issues to the Panama City City Commission meeting at City Hall. On the top of their list? Concerns over the failure of a nearby pumping station.

"We have been real good here for about three years with no problems," said Marcus Parrish with Panama City Public Works. "But, when this one hit it was a perfect storm scenario.

"Everything that went wrong, or possibly could go wrong, did go wrong."

Parrish says what went wrong was either a lightning strike or a power surge that stopped pumps from operating.

"Once we figured that out everything got back up and running," said Parrish. "But, at that point the water was very high and it's hard to catch back up with it then."

Since that time a sign has been posted outside the pumping station and the city says they're going above and beyond to make sure the pumps are up and running.

For Dougherty, all she says she wants is a peace of mind.

"I would just like to know that the pumps are going to be a guarantee to work," she said.  

Parrish says from here they city plans to set up an alert notification system that goes straight to their cell phones when a problem presents itself at the pump station. It's not yet clear if the city will receive funds from FEMA for this damage. Parrish says he would also like to meet with residents and explain the features of the pumps.