University, Tuscaloosa partner up in fight against flood issues
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Mackenzie Wanicka
In efforts to overcome flooding and drainage issues around Tuscaloosa, the city is partnering with the University of Alabama in their search for a resolution.
Several areas around the city, including spots near the UA campus, wound up flooded during torrential rains last month. Between 13th Street and University Boulevard, cars wound up filled with water up to their dashes, homes were inundated and residents found themselves up a creek without a paddle because their insurance did not include flood coverage.
The UA-led drainage study allows the university to come up with a budget and funding proposal for improving infrastructure so it can handle future rainfall.
University of Alabama student Caroline Wittekind said it’s imperative they can get on and off campus safely.
“I’m happy that the university is taking action resolving our flooding issues on campus,” she said. “We’re happy to be back in in-person classes after last year, so it’s really important that we get to class safely and are able to drive to campus.”
On Tuesday, the Tuscaloosa City Council approved a joint funding agreement so UA can start the flooding study.
Tuscaloosa and much of Alabama has seen an increase in rainfall accumulation when compared to last year’s data.
University of Alabama student Emanuel Jones said his street overflows when there’s any kind of heavy rainfall in his neighborhood.
“It’s literally an ocean when it rains,” Jones said. “It’s kind of hard for me to get places when I drive a four-door car.”
Jones said sometimes he can’t go to class because there’s no way he can leave his home.