CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- St. Albans City Council got a flood of complaints about recent water damage to homes and property in the city.
More than a dozen property owners attended Monday's council meeting to vent their frustrations over repeated flooding and to demand action. Several of those attending live on Oakland Avenue and Monmouth Greenbrier streets, although others also spoke.
"I stood here four years ago asking about the drainage system," said Gary Hagar of 88 Monmouth St. "It's been four years and I still haven't received any answers. I want some answers. We're tired of it. It rained the other day for a minute and 10 seconds and it flooded. I had to move my car six times on the second of July.
"I've lost three cars in three years and haven't got one answer."
Steve Eden of 815 Greenbrier St. said he moved to Saint Albans last year.
"I wasn't aware I needed flood insurance," he said. "Who will be liable to damages to our home?"
Karen Kincaid of 823 Monmouth St. said, "My house looked like Noah's Ark on the second of July, literally. We can't continue taking these hits. You can see around my house where the foundation is beginning to be eaten away."
Mayor Dick Callaway said the city has contacted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
"Later this week a team from the corps in Huntington will be coming to make an assessment of streams running out of their banks," he said. "The federal and state government deals with those kinds of things."
Callaway said the corps has indicated it will probably face some financial problems so "they'll ask the National Resource Conservation Service for some funding. Also, we've contacted our congresswoman (Rep. Shelley Moore Capito) to see if we can get some assistance."
Callaway urged everyone who has suffered damage to fill out an incident report and promised to follow up on each complaint.
Also during the meeting, council gave preliminary approval to making portions of Edgehill Drive a one-way street and restricting parking on portions of Vine Street.
Under the proposals given preliminary approval:
* Edgehill Drive would become a one-way street from its intersection with Elm Street to its intersection with Northway Drive, traveling in a northerly direction.
* Parking would be restricted on the east side of Vine Street, beginning 367 feet south of the intersection of Vine Street and Monmouth Ave. at 862 Vine St., and extending in a southerly direction 376 feet to an area between 872 and 902 Vine St.
The proposal also would restrict parking on the west side of Vine Street beginning 708 feet south of the intersection of Vine Street and Monmouth Ave. at 869 Vine St. and running south to the intersection of Vine Street and Sandhill Drive.
Neither proposal will become city law unless approved again at a future council meeting.
In other action, council:
* Approved sending a proposed exchange of property to its Planning and Zoning Committee for further consideration. The proposed exchange would be between the trustees of the Washington Street Church of Christ and the city in the Seventh Avenue area.
* Agreed to pay current invoices, which total $17,827.60.
Also during the meeting, council agreed to re-appoint:
* Tom Cloer of Chapman Technical Group and David Brown to the Property Board. Cloer's term will expire in June 2017; Brown's term expires June 2015.
* Architect Phillip Warnock, mechanical engineer Jason Harper, electrical contractor Lionel McBrayer and residential contractor Clarence Cavender to the Building Code-Property Maintenance Code Board of Appeals. Warnock's term expires July 2017; Harper's term expires July 2016; McBrayer's term expires July 2015; and Cavender's term expires July 2014.
* Realtor representative Terri Hassig to the Downtown Historic District Committee with a term to expire July 2014.
Mayor Callaway recommended all of the re-appointments.
Council's next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 on the second floor of the city building on Sixth Avenue.