Belfield Drive residents remain frustrated as flooding returns
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(HE) IT’S A STORY WE’VE BEEN TRACKING FOR MONTHS. A JOHNSTON NEIGHBORHOOD IS ONCE AGAIN — DEALING WITH FLOODING. BELFIELD DRIVE WAS DECLARED A ‘DISASTER AREA’ LATE LAST YEAR– AFTER MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF RAIN LEFT PARTS OF IT — UNDERWATER. WITH MORE RAIN EXPECTED THIS WEEK– RESIDENTS TELL US– THEY’RE FRUSTRATED. METEOROLOGIST PETE MANGIONE WENT BACK TO THE AREA TODAY– AND HAS THIS UPDATE. THE WATER ON BELFIED DRIVE HAS BECOME ESPECIALLY DEEP OVER THE PAST WEEK WTIH ALL OF THE RAIN WHEN THE FLOODING GETS BAD ON BELFIELD DRIVE IN JOHNSTON, CYTNIA NOVA AND HER MOTHER PUT ON THE WADERS TO GET FROM THEIR HOUSE TO THE CAR. Large pickup trucks can get through for now, but I have a small carolla. So I don’t want to get stuck in a car like we got stuck in 2010. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTED BACK IN NOVEMBER OF 2018 THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISSUED A LOCAL DISTASTER DECLARATION FOR THIS AREA. IT WOULD INVOLVE RESIDENTS MOVING OUT OF 2 OF THE HOMES IN THE AREA SO THAT THE HOMES COULD BE KNOKED DOWN AND TURNED INTO PART OF THE FLOODPLAIN. THE RESIDENTS WOULD RECEIVE PAYMENT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERMENT BUT THEY WOULD NOT BE FORECED OUT. Unfortunately, there are half a dozen people on the other side of the water, so when that’s gets very deep, they weren’t offered a buyout. We weren’t offered a buyout, so we’re stuck. If we try to sell the home, they would have to fix all of this in order for us to be able to sell the home. ALLEN CAMPBELL AND HIS MOTHER LIVE IN THIS HOME. ALHTOUGH THEY DON’T HAVE TO PASS THROUGH THE FLOODED ROAD, THEIR HOME IS OFTEN AFFECTED BY FLOODING. HE SAYS THEY ARE BEING OFFERED THE BUYOUT, BUT THEY DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THEIR HOME. They did kind of make it seem like people who wouldn’t accept the buyout woudl complicate it for people who wanted the buyout, meanign that they would have to come up with a new scenario. And that we were kind of holding up the works. FEDERAL AND STATE ENGINEERS THE REASON FOR THE FREQUENT FLOODING IS A CLOGGED CULVERT, WHICH CAMPBELLT FEELS COULD BE FIXED WITHOUT HE AND HIS MOTHER HAVING TO MOVE JOHNSTON MAYOR JOSEPH POLESINA SAYS THE AREA HAS BEEN PUMPED BEFORE, BUT IT’S EXPENSIVE AND IT ONLY FIXES THE PROBLEM TEMPORARILY. HE SAYS IT’S CURRENTLY IN THE HANDS OF THE FEDERAL GOVENMENT Our obligation is to take over the property as an easement which I’ve agreed to, and our obligation is to resurface the road once it’s done which I’ve agreed to. NOT HELPING THIS SITUATION WAS THE RAINY APRIL. TF GREEN RECEIVED 6.81 INCHES OF RAINFALL, THAT’S ALMOST 2 AND HALF INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. PETE MANGIONE

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