BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) – Boiling Spring Lakes leaders are moving forward with plans to fix flooding issues in certain parts of town, but some areas have been left out. Several people from different parts of town have reported problems.
We first reported about the flooding issues on Holly Road and Crab Apple Road, where some folks were stuck in knee deep water.
We've also reported that neighbors who live along Spring Lake plan to file a lawsuit over the water levels in their yards.
After our reports, town leaders called a special meeting to discuss the flooding problems in some areas, but some people left the meeting feeling unsatisfied.
"This is unsatisfactory. This is not the way to go about solving this problem," said Richard Queener, who spoke out at Thursday's special meeting.
Town leaders decided to solicit bids from two engineering firms to study the flooding problems along Holly Road, Crab Apple Road, and in the Trevino area.
Without using city money, the town will either choose to hire Sungate Engineering or Wooten. The engineering firm that is chosen will be asked to study the area for potential solutions to the problems and then form an assessment of estimated costs.
Commissioners mentioned they don't want to put taxpayers at risk and would like to continue to work with Brunswick County officials for help. The town manager emphasized that the scope of work involved would only include the public right of way and not private property.
Town leaders did not address the water level issues surrounding the neighbors who live at Spring Lake. Some folks who live there say they've been dealing with water level problems for years. Norman Carathanasis said he was disappointed that Spring Lake was not addressed.
"It has been ongoing," said Carathanasis. "People have lost portions of their property. There has been an increase in mosquito breeding, thus health, and other reasons."
Mayor Richard White said there is no need to hire an engineer to fix the problems at Spring Lake. Instead, the responsibility of maintaining the water levels through the drainage pipe falls on city leaders. Mayor White says he has heard complaints from both sides of the issues. Some say the water levels are too low. Others say the levels are too high. Right now, there are no plans to change the levels.
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