Ringgold City Council approves drainage analysis after flooding damaged several businesses

Before & after flooding in downtown Ringgold. (Images: McCracken Posten, WTVC)

From a gravel parking lot to a pool of water, just weeks ago business owners in downtown Ringgold were cleaning up after a storm caused major flooding in the area.

On Monday night, city council approved an analysis of the land to see why exactly the area flooded like it did.

Some business owners suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damages after an area off of Mountain Street flooded and covered floors inside businesses across the street.

While some folks thought a new building might be to blame, one engineer says it could be a couple things.

"Basically all that area, if you look at the contours, everything drained right under the historic district," Philip Schofield is the project manager and engineer on this Ringgold case.

He said there’s a rock box culvert that is 4 x 6 feet and placed directly under the Caffeine Addicts cafe.

"It conveys all the storm drainage from behind the buildings, that’s where it goes," said Schofield.

Schofield said he has looked at some of the existing infrastructure already, but they’ll have to look at the entire drainage basin.

"It’s a fairly large drainage basin that drains off the side of the ridge, under the railroad, by city hall and right underneath the bottom of the historic district buildings," said Schofield.

NewsChannel 9 asked Schofield if anything he’s seen or heard yet could be a contributing factor in the flooding.

He said all the flash flooding and quick rainfalls in the area might be a factor.

"Usually if you have a high intensity storm like that, the infrastructure’s not designed to handle that kind of intense rain event," said Schofield.

Schofield said they’ll be taking into consideration the city's renaissance plans from the Carl Vincent Institute that were already in place.

"We’re gonna incorporate and look at the future plans and make sure that whatever we recommend as far as related to the storm water issues, that they’ll be covered for any of the future stuff as well," said Schofield.

Schofield said he will be working with all the business owners in the area to gather information and he might hold a meet and greet to take in questions and concerns.

Philip Schofield said he plans to start surveying the land and getting down to business as early as Tuesday. After that, it could take several weeks before results are in.

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