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Poor drainage has some in Hendersonville still seeing a swamp

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HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

For decades, a green space in the center of one Hendersonville neighborhood has been used for drainage, but now that water won't go away. And, every time it rains, residents are left with a swamp in their backyards.

Some believe an underground cavern may have finally filled up, so the city says it will pay to uncover what lies beneath.

Megan Wage says her home has become waterfront property, but it's not the kind of water anyone would want near their home.

"It's an eyesore for the city. It's a problem for all the neighbors here," Wage said.

The smelly stagnant water reached its highest point a few days after torrential rain flooded several areas of Hendersonville.

But the water in this spot never receded, attracting wildlife and even mosquitoes.

"They're the size of bats. They're huge," Wage said.

City Alderman Fred Qualls says the green space has been used to drain excess water for more than 30 years, but what is causing it to fill up now is a mystery.

"No one knows. We have engineers looking at flooding on this peninsula throughout the city," Qualls said.

Some residents believe there could be an underground cavern beneath the green space that has finally clogged. Whatever it is, Qualls says the city is working to get it fixed.

"The city is in the process of borrowing $1.25 million for drainage issues," he said.

Qualls said the city plans to run a drainage pipe from the stagnant water to Old Hickory Lake about 100 yards away.

But Wage says her problem is low on the city's priority list and worries that if the money runs out, she and her neighbors will be stuck with the swamp.

Qualls says he believes there will be enough funds available to fix the problem, and added if the state approves the funds it could be next spring before construction begins.

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