Stormy weather is bringing back bad memories for Monroe.
Mayor Jamie Mayo is trying to make sure the city is prepared this time around. But he needs some help.
“You’re hoping that you don’t have too many of these in the future,” Mayo said.
“You do know that it’s a matter of not if it happens again but when it happens and to make sure that we are prepared when it happens.”
Monroe public works is doing everything they can to keep the streets safe in the case of a flood–but people aren’t making it easy.
“Illegal dumping is a crime and so if you’re seeing someone on a regular basis that’s out there dumping things get their license number and get in contact with city officials,” Smith said.
“Every other time of year eye sores like this are bad enough, but during flood season they become dangerous.”
Illegal dumping is one of the main things standing between safety and tragedy.
Keep Monroe Beautiful Executive Director, Greg Smith, discovered a car bumper in one of the drainage ditches in a neighborhood on the Southside of Monroe.
“That didn’t just come flowing through here somebody came here and took the opportunity to just dump this off,” Smith said.
It starts off as something small but in time it builds into a dam causing the water to overflow when there’s heavy rain.
From there people don’t have a chance. Something Mayor Mayo doesn’t take lightly. Especially after last year.
“You’re talking about people you’re talking about human beings and which you see their houses flooded all throughout and they’ve lost everything,” Mayo said.
A city desperate to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.