New Hanover County steps in to help pull water from flooded neighborhood

Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 at 2:53 PM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Crews began working Wednesday to pull water from the Sago Bay community off Carolina Beach Road where the water stands 7-feet deep in some spots.

According to New Hanover County officials, a 12-inch pipe was crushed so the contractor is working to establish a flow for drainage.

"We believe the contractor used by the developer damaged the pipe and camouflaged it and then we exposed it," said County Engineer Jeremiah May.

Driveways were being cut Wednesday the pipe is being replaced, but it's unclear when the work will be complete.

"We are setting up a 4 inch pump and we are going to draw down the pressure  before we open that pipe up," May said. "The pipe is 80 percent clogged up with sand coming from Sago Bay community."

After the water is flushed, crews will ensure the catch basin is free of debris. May said the water that is coming out of the pipe will be drained into a wetland area.

"We can't just open the pipe up all at once, that would mean a million gallons of water shooting out across the road, it would destroy everything in here under force under that much head pressure," May said.

Typically this would be the property owners' responsibility because the pipes and roads are privately owned, but because this is a safety issue due to the flooding, the county has stepped in to provide assistance.

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