NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – For neighbors who live on Raye Drive in New Hanover County, a legal issue has them stranded in high water. Folks who live in this part of town say they are constantly dealing with severe flooding issues, causing problems for people who need to get in and out of the neighborhood.
Neighbors say the storm drain system is in constant need of repair and they need help to have it fixed. On Monday, residents met with New Hanover County maintenance engineers to get answers on how to stop the flooding. Unfortunately, since Raye Drive is a privately owned road, it's not a county problem. The county will respond to drainage complaints as they come in, but it's the developer's responsibility to make any permanent upgrades to the existing storm water permit.
In this case, the developer lives in Florida and neighbors haven't seen him in years. County officials say if residents want changes, they'll need to work together to come up with a long term solution.
Residents like Judy Gerritz say it's been very frustrating dealing with this situation. "It's not how people expect to be treated," said Gerritz. "We all pay taxes to get stuff taken care of and maintained."
County Maintenance Engineer, Jim Iannucci says the county receives a lot of phone calls about situations like this. He says the best advice he can give is for neighbors to form an H.O.A. "Forming the HOA will provide one entity to transfer the permit to as well as set up the necessary funds to do the maintenance that has not gotten done to date," he said.
Iannucci says the county has no control over storm water drainage permits. Those are issued by the state. "We will continue to respond to drainage complaints as we receive them," said Iannucci. "We will do what we can within the requirements of the County Storm water Ordinance and funding."
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