On Tuesday he asked Hatch to find money to repair the drainage system on Wallace Street, which is on the Westside. Residents there complained to Mensinger that their homes have flooded nine times since 1998, he said.
Mensinger showed photos of flooded homes.
"Since 1998 we've known about this problem, and we've kind of nibbled around the edges with Band-Aids," he said. "It sounds like we need surgery."
Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz said that the area is exceptionally flat, which causes water to pool in the street, and that the older homes are built below-grade, making them vulnerable to floods.