Originally created 10/02/00

Why pay fee if he's unprotected?

I echo Thomas A. Heffernan's concerns about Columbia County's stormwater utility fees (letter, Sept. 8).

As a first-time homeowner, I was unaware that my property in the Belglade subdivision was flood-prone. Unfortunately, I found out the hard way after experiencing significant water damage to several rooms in my house during heavy rains over the past two summers.

When the first incident occurred, I contacted the county commission because I had read of the possibility of repairs to prevent such flooding. A representative was sent out and told me that the flooding problem was not a county problem; that it was due to poor grading by the neighborhood's builder and developer.

I also learned that my home is not considered to be in a flood plain. Tell that to my yard. After the problem occurred a second time, I received a lot of sympathy from the Veterans' Administration (from whom I'd purchased my home), local representatives, the county commission, and even Gov. Roy Barnes, but no one was willing to take responsibility, all essentially blaming the builder.

Instead, as in Mr. Heffernan's case, I was encouraged to hire a landscaper to correct the problem. Thank goodness I found a trustworthy one and hope that no further flooding occurs. The neighborhood developer came by recently during a rainstorm and did not notice any flooding; after I paid for the repairs, there shouldn't be.

If everyone acknowledges that the flooding in Belglade and other neighborhoods is a buildingdevelopment problem, why are the homeowners obligated to make their own repairs? ...

E.G. Yrizarry, Grovetown


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