BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) – When it comes to problems with water levels in Boiling Spring Lakes, many are concerned.
A group of neighbors recently announced that they plan to file a lawsuit against the city over the levels at Spring Lake, and now, an 88-year-old woman is concerned about losing her home because of the water levels on a different lake.
Joy Gregory has had problems with the levels at her home on Mirror Lake for 15 years. She's asked the city for help, but hasn't gotten anywhere. If the problem isn't fixed soon, Gregory is afraid of her home being washed away by the next big storm.
Since moving to Mirror Lake in 1999, Gregory says that she's seen the water levels of the lake change dramatically.
"When we were moving, I told the Lord to put me by still water and believe me, it's been anything but still," said Gregory.
When she moved in, Gregory says her home was more than 50 feet away from the lake. However, over the years, her back yard has slowly disappeared due to the rising water levels. Gregory cried as she explained the problem to us.
"I try not to worry," said Gregory. "But I stay upset a lot."
The city installed a drainage pipe to regulate the levels of the lake, but Gregory says the equipment isn't working properly. Gregory says the placement of the pipe does not allow enough water to drain – causing the lake to erode her property. She's asked city leaders for resolution, but hasn't had any luck.
"He [Charlie Carrol] told me this was God's work and there wasn't anything to be done through the city about it," said Gregory.
City Manager Jeff Repp says part of the problem is that Gregory's private bulkhead has deteriorated over the years. By law, the city cannot use tax dollars to replace private property – leaving Gregory concerned about what to do next.
"I can't go anywhere. Everything I have is here, and I can't afford to buy a new bulkhead," said Gregory. "I have kids but they're not around anymore."
Gregory says she plans to keep fighting the problem and asking for help. However, if the problem isn't fixed soon, she's worried about what will happen when the next big storm rolls through.
"The next big hurricane, I'm liable to be sitting in the lake," said Gregory.
City leaders are currently considering hiring an engineering firm to study the flooding issues around town. However, the scope of the work to be done has not yet been determined.
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