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Concerns over city of Mobile selling lots in flood-prone areas causes council moratorium (img: WPMI)

Alabama: Concerns over city of Mobile selling lots in flood-prone areas causes council moratorium

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Residents in one Midtown neighborhood raised concerns after the city put up more than a dozen “for sale” signs on more than a dozen lots last month because they say it's prone to flooding

Much of Dubroca Street and Levert Drive is an open field, but years ago it was a spot where Cathy O'Keefe called home.

"This is the picture that appeared in the paper after the flood of me pointing to the waterline you can see it's up to my shoulder," O'Keefe said.

She says water from the Mobile River backs up into Three Mile Creek during heavy storms and after three rounds of flooding in the 80s, the Army Corps of Engineers recommended the houses be permanently removed leaving a large green space to absorb water during heavy rains.

"Our safety issue was so bad," she said. "We could have drowned that night, other people could have drowned. the lady next door was in the attic, she was elderly."

The Corp's recommendation was supposed to be adhered to for 50 years, which is from 1983-2033.

That's why Last month O'Keefe and others were shocked to see the city of Mobile putting up "for sale" signs on about 18 lots.

"Don't do that again it isn't necessary to put people at risk," she said.

A representative with the city told NBC 15 news they were selling the lots close to the neighborhood and not the ones close to Three Mile Creek.

"It is a flood plain area that's why I moved out," Mobile city councilman Fred Richardson said.

Richardson says he once lived there and was shocked to see the city trying to sell the lots. "I was in disbelief," he said.

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