Neighbors in Cross Lanes Concerned with Aging Drainage System

CROSS LANES, W.Va. (WSAZ) – People in one neighborhood in Kanawha County say heavy rains cause repeated headaches and damage because aging underground pipes can no longer handle the strain.

One neighbor says water problems have been plaguing his neighborhood the past 14 years.

"Once it took away a lot of the yard and the ground near the deck," he said, "we were left with a large crater."

They say it's all because of an aging and deteriorating drainage system on Pioneer Drive in Cross Lanes that was put in in the 70s.

Ralph Holmes says backed up pipes have caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to several homes. The insurance company has helped pay for property repairs, but neighbors say they can't make any progress getting the drainage system fixed or replaced.

"The pipe collapsed down there backing up water,” Holmes said. “We repaired one spot, now it's backing up to this spot. There are collapsed pipes up here. It's just an old system."

Neighbors are frustrated because efforts to get their homeowners association to fix the problem have been unsuccessful.

"They claim it's not their problem, but we feel it's their responsibility," one neighbor said

A message with that association has not been returned.

Officials with the county have told those neighbors they're not responsible for fixing that drainage system.

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