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The original item was published from 9/28/2020 5:16:00 PM to 9/29/2020 2:22:11 PM.

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Posted on: September 28, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Flood Damage

Town of Oakland

The Town experienced significant flash flooding last night, washing out some of our unpaved roads. Please know that the Town is working diligently to grade five miles of these storm-damaged roads.

The Oakland-Tildenville Cemetery has experienced flooding due to significant rains.  The Town is working closely with Tildenville Missionary Baptist Church, the owner of the Oakland-Tildenville Cemetery, to ensure a permanent solution is found to the flooding issue. The Town takes this matter very seriously, as the Oakland-Tildenville Cemetery is a resting place for many of our community's beloved family members.

This cemetery experienced flooding due to significant rains. The Town recorded 4.14 inches of rainfall in approximately two hours, with 3 inches coming down between 8 and 9 p.m. last night. The ground had already been saturated from more than 4 inches of rain during the past month, and low-lying areas were inundated when the storm passed through.

Pulte, the owner of the neighboring development and adjacent road, is pumping water from the low-lying cemetery. Town staff has been on scene offering emergency assistance to the developer.  Pumps had been previously installed by the developer but failed last night due to the flash flooding. We now know more needs to be done. Due to the serious and sensitive nature of this flooding issue, the Town has called upon the developer to swiftly work on a permanent solution. Pulte Homes has expressed it is committed to providing a permanent solution to the flooding.

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