Grayson County’s recent flooding during periods of heavy rain can be linked as an after-effect of the 2009 ice storm, according to Grayson County Emergency Manager Ernie Perkins.
Sunday night’s (March 17) heavy rain left several areas throughout the county with minor flooding in yards and on the roads, a problem which Perkins said can be partially attributed to remnants of debris from the ice storm that have built up in the culverts by and under the roads.
The culverts, which allow free-flowing water to drain under the roads, have clogged from debris and prevented water from flowing through them as it should; thus, the water flows much more slowly and as a result, floods the surrounding area, Perkins said.
Perkins said the flooding can also be attributed to the ground’s heavy saturation. He said during periods of heavy rain, the ground absorbs so much water that it cannot hold anymore, and the water will sit on top of the ground. This effect can be heightened after periods of little to no rain, he said..
Perkins said if problems in public areas persist, county officials can provide assistance; however, he said the law prohibits county officials from working on privately owned areas.
Perkins said citizens concerned with flooding near their home may contact his office for assistance at 259-0096.