Street drainage causing problem for residents

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An East Bakersfield resident contacted 23ABC concerned about an ongoing drainage issue on the street in front of his house.

Rick Wilson says there's always standing water in the gutter at the intersection of St. Mary's Street and Columbus Avenue.

"The street does not drain properly and it's a hazard," said Wilson.

Wilson said he contacted the city months ago and says they sent someone out who confirmed the street is not draining properly.

"I want to know why the contractor was paid if the job wasn't done correctly and when they will come out and fix it," said Wilson.

Monique Sarabia lives in the area and walks through the intersection daily with her two-year-old son. 

"There's always water here, it's really slippery and it can be dangerous," said Sarabia.

Wilson agrees that the intersection can be dangerous for pedestrians because what happened in front of his house few months ago.

"A family was walking by and their 10-year-old girl slipped in the algae and fell in the muddy water. They came over to my house and used my hose to rinse off the mud. I let them have one of my towels to dry her off. I felt really bad for the family," said Wilson.

23ABC contacted the Bakersfield City Street Maintenance Division who says they have never received a complaint about that specific intersection.

But after we made an inquiry they said they will send an engineer out to investigate.

If you have a question or concern about a city street you can call The Bakersfield City Street Maintenance Division at 661-326-3111.

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