Last week's unexpected flood waters is blamed for sweeping an abandoned Madison home into a creek which is located behind a number of houses.
Between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. last Thursday, a total of 4.25 inches of rain quickly fell in Madison, breaking the 2010 record of 2.8 inches in a single hour.
On Madison Boulevard, the quick falling rain forced a home into the Gibson Creek, causing damage on its way.
Neighbors told Nashville's News 2 Investigates the vacant home tore down fences and destroyed property before breaking apart in the creek.
A week later debris from the abandoned home remains in the creek water.
“It is obstructing the natural water flow to the creek and if we get a heavy rain, everyone will flood and we will lose everything we have,” nearby resident Teresa Hodgson said.
Hodgson added that she recently spoke with a Metro water crew asking who was going to clean the debris out of the creek which is located behind her home.
“They said, ‘Well, I guess you are,'” she said, adding, “I'm 60-years-old. My husband is 67. We have lived here our whole life. We pay taxes and we want the creek cleaned out.”
At Nashville's News 2's request, John Kennedy, deputy director of Metro Water Services came out to the property on Thursday.
“Every time there is a flood you get debris that washes into the creek and sometimes people say when will the city be able to clean the debris out of the creek? That is really not Metro's function,” he explained.
Kennedy continued, “What makes this [situation] unique is that we own that house [that was swept into the creek]. This is Metro Water Services' property. It was destroyed in the May 2010 flood and it was on a list to be demolished. Mother Nature took care of it before we could get to it.”
Since last week's flooding, work crews have already leveled the lot.
Kennedy added that he did not realize chunks of the home had floated down stream.
He said in this incident Metro will clean up the mess.
“Metro will take responsibility and get it cleaned up,” he said.
He added, unless there is a pollution issue or a chance debris will cause additional flooding, cleanup is usually the responsibility of the property owner.
Kennedy says unless there is a pollution issue or a chance debris will cause more flooding, the clean up is usually the responsibility of the property owner.