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Flooding creates problems for man in wheelchair

5:39 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- All along Fitzgerald Street, the ditches are full with standing water. Good for mosquitoes, but bad for 79-year-old Daniel Liverman.

"Guess I can't walk too far," said Liverman.

Liverman's problem is he's unable to use his wheelchair because the grounds are saturated.

"This isn't the first time it has been flooded in here," he said, "but it is the worst and we will get some more Sunday."

The water is not running off quickly because of the clogged ditches and Liverman said it makes it difficult for him to drive his wheelchair out of his gate. He said he feels trapped.

"When the yard gets flooded, I can't even go out the front gate cause it is still too wet," he said.

Liverman, a retired city employee, said he's complained to the city and was told they're working on it.

"They told me by mouth that they were going to put pipes and a catch basin where the yard is so it wouldn't get flooded," said Liverman.

He has a caregivers, but likes to ride his electric wheelchair several blocks to the bus stop.

"I usually go down the street about five blocks to the bus stop and go downtown," he said, "I go to the VA." 

Liverman wants the city to clean up the ditches so the water can run off and he can use his wheelchair properly.

"They need to come out and dig the ditch again so you see the water is still in it," he said.

District Councilman Warren Jones said he will look into the problem. Jones said there are several communities in his district with similar problems and he wishes the residents would file complaints with the city.

Debbie Delgado, city spokeswoman, said public works engineers are looking at the issue. Delgado said they're working on a long term solution.

To file a complaint, call (904) 630-CITY (2489)

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