Flooding is nothing new for the College Park neighborhood. Nor is it for the residents between and around College of Coastal Georgia and the Southeast Georgia Health System. But it is getting to be pretty old.
As the worst of Hurricane Irma’s winds impacted Brunswick and rain whipped around houses, water rose and flowed down streets, up front lawns and into backyards.
By noon, entering College Park at all was an impossibility except for those with specially designed vehicles.
The Brunswick city government and its contractors have worked to alleviate the neighborhood’s flooding issues for years on end — in June, city commissioners approved a deal for analysis and hydraulic modeling of the neighborhood and nearby drainage basins to figure out how best to go about the problem.
But it has been nearly a year since residents filled a meeting at Old City Hall, demanding answers when discussions and work over the years had yet to show meaningful results.
At that meeting, Mayor Cornell Harvey asked City Engineer Garrow Albertson to see about a pump station to mitigate the flooding.
Not far away, in the neighborhood between 4th Street and Parkwood Avenue, streets flooded and tree roots let free of their moorings as tall pines crashed across roads and, for one particular residence, fell across the front of it, damaging the roof.
On the far side of Newcastle Street, storm surge and driving winds forced water out of the East River and began flooding Mary Ross Park as Hurricane Irma passed.
Meanwhile, another tree fell behind Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on 4th Street near Altama Avenue, taking power lines with it and shutting down access to the roadway. In addition, signs at businesses along Altama did not fair well — the sign at Pelican’s SnoBalls blew out of its housing and broke apart along the road, with the largest part flying into the southbound lanes.
Further north, at the Glynn Isles shopping center, the directory signs at the entrance again sustained damage, as they did during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
People across Glynn County also took to social media Monday to share with the world damaged near them, or doing their best to maintain good spirits.
Twitter user Michael Syfrett posted a photo of a tree 20 feet from a residence that split in half, down to the base of the trunk. It caught nearby power lines on the way down, as well, causing additional issues.
This is the definition of divine intervention! We were standing in the center window pic.twitter.com/fITYNV82pA— Michael Syfrett (@MikeSyfrett) September 11, 2017
And north and west of I-95, Alexandra Myers posted a video to Instagram of humorously attempting to maintain lane control on a bicycle in a flooded-out street outside of the Villas at Golden Isles.
Conditions are continuing to shift, and residents are asked to stay tuned to TheBrunswickNews.com for additional updates and information.