The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at solutions to the persistent problem of flooding in Jefferson County near downtown Birmingham.
WBMA-TV reports a three-year study will consider multiple options to ease the persistent flooding around Valley Creek, in areas including Bessemer, Hueytown and Brighton. Rescue crews recently had to remove people from their homes near the creek because of high water.
Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens says engineers have already discussed constructing retention ponds, dredging creek beds and purchasing some of the most vulnerable homes along the banks.
The final solution could include elements of all three options. Stephens estimates a total cost for a solution at as much as $15 million, which would be covered by a combination of federal and local money.