FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Some homeowners in southwest Fort Wayne evacuated Friday after Thursday's heavy rain.
"When I left my house at 7 o'clock this morning, I had 14 inches of water in my home and God only knows how much now," Resident Machelle McHaney said.
Evacuations are not mandatory. However, officials are keeping a close eye on water levels.
Neighbors living off of Dalevue Drive and Baer Road said they complain to the city every year.
"This is an area that has had this happen in the past, I don't believe it happened last year but it did happen in 2011 and listening to some of the residents, this is not uncommon for them," Fort Wayne Fire Department Public Information Officer Stacey Fleming said.
"We get sewer up in our toilets, up in our tubs, in our house, and then when the inspectors come down through here they're like it's regular water, no it's sewer water," McHaney said.
Neighbors like McHaney said they've called the city several times.
"What does it take to tell somebody that this neighborhood needs some fixing? They need to work on the ditches, they need to work on the ditch over here, they need to work on the pump system back here," she said.
The Board of Public Works said it's been monitoring the area.
It last checked the neighborhood around 8:15 Thursday night.
"They got called and went back and talked to the residents at around 9 and then we ordered some pumps and put those out there in the area," Board of Public Works Public Information Officer Frank Suarez said.
Residents may get some relief sooner than they think.
The city is planning a project to widen the storm sewer pipe going through Fairfield Ditch.
"It'll take more water out of that area when there is heavy rain, which we think will help alleviate that in the future," Suarez said.
In the meantime, people want quick attention.
"It takes years to rebuild, you don't come back easy from this and when you do come back, it hits a little bit harder every time," McHaney said.
The project is expected to go up for bid in the fall.
If you need a pump in an emergency, call 311. If it's after hours, call 911.
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