NEWTON COUNTY, GA — Residents of Newton County face a flood problem.
They attribute these issues to a new lot built earlier this year. Ashley Lincoln on Channel 2 Have learned.
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“There was a pond behind the house,” said homeowner Danielle McCallum.
That’s why McCullum says he hasn’t touched the patio furniture all spring and summer due to heavy runoff.
“It’s a constant stream of water,” he said.
“This is not healthy,” said homeowner Catherine Collymore.
“This is very frustrating,” said Willard Johnson, vice president of the Homeowners Association.
Neighbors say the water has been running non-stop since January when the new subdivision development broke ground on Kirkland Road in Covington and the reservoir was built directly behind residents’ homes.
“This is terrifying,” Collymore said, “to get under the house.”
the neighbor said channel 2 that Every time it rains, their backyard gets muddy.
Colliemore said her fence was badly damaged by the running water.
“We have been here for 20 years and have had no problems.
Both said they were already seeing the impact on their assets after eight months.
“Here in the backyard, red clay soil, it’s red all over here and it’s so scary,” Collymore said.
“The ground is very soggy,” said McCallum.
“No, I don’t think they’re taking it too seriously,” Johnson said.
Johnson says he asked Newton County leaders for help.
“If this water continues here, I think it will take another five or six months. It will just erode the base of the ground,” he said.
channel 2 Newton County Commissioner Alana Saunders said they are working closely with the county’s Department of Development Services.
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Sanders said county leaders told developers at the subdivision Pulte Homes to fix the pond, but residents say nothing about the fix is permanent.
In an email to residents, Sanders points out that county leaders said before the development that the land was not suitable for building.
channel 2 I’ve emailed Pulte for comment. We are waiting for the reply.
“Hopefully they can reach a solution to this problem and fix it.
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