Richard Tomlin drew applause from a packed room of Killearn Lakes homeowners. He says flooding and septic problems are linked.
"Many problems are caused by these Indian mound septic systems being built up higher, and if you have one on either side, you will flood," says Tomlin.
Neighbors say their yards are flooding, some of their homes sinking, septic tanks failing, a quality of life issue, and worse, a public health one.
"At any given time, you can see raw sewage on the ground. My son just said today, 'What's that smell?' And he was in the kitchen, but when you take into consideration the amount of rain we've had, it is that bad, and it's just horrible," says Lauren Pitts, a resident.
"I usually try to make sure company doesn't arrive if there are showers because I've got about an inch and a half or two of water they've got to walk through to get to my front door," Wayne Thompson says.
Dozens of homeowners shared similar stories. The bottom line: help us save this neighborhood.
"I don't know what y'all can do or what this group of people can do, but I am for helping to fix this area," says Randy Mill.
County commissioners told residents they've already taken steps to address the problem. They want to use $5 million of Blueprint 2000 money to go in for a sewer system with residents.
Talquin Electric or the City of Tallahassee, whoever provides the sewer, might also split the cost, plus the Killearn Lakes Homeowners Association. Another big problem there is that there are still dozens, even hundreds of undeveloped lots in that area. It's certainly a big concern. The idea is that more homes will cause even more flooding.
County commissioners floated the idea of a moratorium on building new homes last week, but that's not official yet. Meanwhile, some residents think construction efforts have stepped up on some lots to get started before that moratorium takes effect.
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