Jon Ossoff Pushes Bill That Would Help Fight Flooding in Metro Atlanta Neighborhoods

After several attempts to contact city officials about severe flooding in a metro Atlanta neighborhood, a disabled veteran says his complaint is finally getting the attention it deserves. It also caught the eye of Senator Jon Ossoff, who sponsored a bill to address the long-standing flooding problem.

“It’s essential for our health and safety,” Ossoff said. “I introduced the City of Atlanta Stormwater Management Act to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to work with the city to reduce flood risk and improve water quality .”

The Democratic senator said legislation he introduced in May could make a difference for residents of areas of Atlanta with severe flooding.

“Its purpose is to help protect the residents of the Atlanta metro area from dangerous and damaging flooding and also to prevent contamination and damage to water quality, especially in the raw streams that feed the Chattahoochee River and flow through our communities,” he explained.

Jerome Sheats is one of many residents of Atlanta’s flood zone. He said the latest flooding at his Redford Drive home resulted in his car being completely destroyed.

“I have to buy a new one…it’s just going to be a constant thing,” he said.

Ossoff said as someone who grew up in the Atlanta metro area, it’s an issue he knows.

“It can destroy homes, it can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars and in some cases if the insurance isn’t there it can drive people out of business,” he said. .

Sheats said while he’s happy to see city teams now working to find a solution, he’s also grateful it’s on the U.S. Senate’s radar.

“I’m glad one of our senators heard the call…I really can’t ask for more,” he said.

Ossoff said victory was not yet assured, but he had made progress with the bill. So far, the bill has passed the committee successfully.

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