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Did NCDOT Cause Flooding Issues In Man's Driveway?

5:01 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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Archdale  --  Dee Miller has been living in the same house for more than a decade and recently he started seeing more and more rainwater runoff flood his driveway.

The Archdale resident says the only thing that has changed in the area is the North Carolina Department of Transportation working on the New Interchange 74/311 by his home.

Since noticing the problem, Miller says, he's sent several complaints to the NCDOT but department officials have largely ignored his requests for fix.

"It's very aggravating," he said.

Visitors to Miller's home can see piles of gravel in the grass along the driveway. The homeowner says they were pushed off the driveway by running flood water.

Also, stone and concrete wall designed to channel runoff under the driveway is clearly washing away.

"The water rushing over pushed the actual concrete tiles off the top and caused the voids that you can see in the wall," he said.

There's also a gate on the property that Miller says the flood water has rendered useless.

"You can see the concrete around the bottom of the post and you can see the hole completely around that post," he said.

But, what really set Miller off is a picture from a July flooding, perhaps one of the worst. The picture shows two to three feet of water rushing off and flooding his property.

"This is my concern," Miller said pointing to the photo. "Do you drive across this? You're not supposed to...this is my only way in and out to my house. So it's very important to me to be able to get in and out."

Miller says the work the Department of Transportation did on the highway has channeled too much rain water to his front yard.

"It's caused me some aggravation, not only on that end but I'm not getting any response back from the state," he said.

And months later, the homeowner says nothing's changed.

"I mean, we're out playing, this is our home. This is where we live. I don't need the aggravation and the concern of not only [my 7-year-old daughter's] safety but my own safety."

News 2 has been trying to get answers from the NCDOT since last Thursday. Between emails and phone calls, our reporter was transferred to four different officials.

Finally, Wednesday afternoon, a division contractor called to say the department is investigating the issue.

He says after a review two years ago, hydraulic engineers saw a 13% increase in the water running through Miller's neighborhood, downstream.

But they say their engineers haven't found enough of a cause to fix Miller's flooding problem.

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