Homeowner Wants Landslip Fixed

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man says his front yard is collapsing due to heavy rains and the West Virginia Department of Highways ditch dredging.

Curtis and Lora Meeks have lived at their Lincoln Drive home, just outside St. Albans city limits, for nearly 20 years. Their yard problems began around five years ago when they say the DOH began dredging the ditch in their front yard.

"The property survey that shows the right away. The department of highways right of way," Curtis Meeks says.

The survey shows the DOH owns the 40 foot right of way, which is collapsing. The first time Meeks had a landslip, he says the DOH fixed it. "They came out years later and put shot rock."

Another major landslip has grown next to the other one. Meeks says the DOH will not help fix this one and says he must fix it or he will be responsible for any accidents that may happen because of the slip. "We went to court. We lost. We thought we was gonna win. The ruling came back that it was disallowed."

Meeks says civil court turned down quotes and plans from multiple sources including a DOH employee. "They stated flat out they had the right to maintain the ditch line. Maintaining it means fixing it. That's the way I understand it."

WSAZ reached out to The West Virginia Department of Highways. They say they will look in to the case, however, a rep told WSAZ they would fix any problem they are legally required to fix.

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