ATLANTA -- Drawing more of a crowd than an ice cream truck, residents flocked to Atlanta's mobile command center for a chance to meet face to face with Mayor Kasim Reed.
It has been three weeks since heavy rains caused an overflow of the combination sewer and stormwater lines around Peoplestown. Smelly water and debris flooded residents' basements and garages.
11Alive News jumped on the problem, documenting the damage and demanding answers from the city.
On July 16, 2012, Mayor Reed toured the damaged area for himself and assured us he would be coming up with a plan to fix the flooding problems in Peoplestown.
He initially said he would have a plan within the week, but Saturday he admitted to 11Alive's Duffie Dixon that timetable was a bit too optimistic.
"It is definitely more difficult to solve than I thought. It is important I meet with residents to tell them what we're trying to fix right now and whether they're interested in a bigger solution if that is what is needed," said Mayor Reed.
Residents seemed please to see the Mayor return to their neighborhood, but as he outlined some repairs and work that is underway--raised manholes and cleaned out storm drains--some were skeptical that those things will be enough.
"I can tell you right now that when you see how massive the flooding is, clearing storm drains is not the problem," said resident Kevin Lynch.
Others say the mayor was upfront in saying that a solution could take longer than expected, cost millions and potentially disrupt the neighborhood for months.
"If it turns out the city needs to build a retention pond like in the 4th Ward, we're all for it. We won't mind the disruption if it means our homes will stop getting filled with sewage," said resident Krystal Perkins.
Mayor Reed mentioned the idea of a retention pond as one of the "bigger solutions" available if the current work doesn't solve the issue.