Chesterfield creek floods community during heavy rain

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Even though the Pocoshock Creek flows through Chesterfield County it's protected under the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act. It sits about 75 yards from homes. People want it dredged. The only ones who can touch it -- the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Pocoshock Creek is practically in Dennis Pavick's backyard. It's been known to flood his yard, his neighbor's yard, and one half of the Scottingham Community.

"I think eventually it flows into the James somewhere," said Pavick.

Yet, he can't do anything to keep it from overflowing onto his property.

Melissa Correa: "And this is the part that the county can't touch?"
Dennis Pavick: "No they can clean this out. They can clean the ditch out- it's when you get all the way back here to the creek."

After almost 30 years of living on Redbridge Road, Dennis continues to get a lesson on his neighborhood.

"The county told me it's only the Army Corps of Engineers that can handle the creek," he said.

Pocoshock Creek eventually spills into the Chesapeake Bay - it's protected under a 22-year-old state law.

Rock and sediment are holding up this part of Pocoshock Creek. Neighbors want it dredged. They want it all moved so that the creek can flow freely and stop flooding their yards.

Despite congestion Chesterfield County can't clean it up. So year after year, water drifts a little too close for comfort. Dennis can easily tell of damages to neighboring homes.

"They've had water in their family room many, many times- ruin carpeting and that," said Pavick. "They've had to replace their heating and air conditioning units three times."

While the county can't mess with Pocoshock Creek, it can do something about flooding in the neighborhood. People tell us about 3 weeks ago the county dug a trench to ease flooding problems.

Melissa Correa: "But cleaning ditches isn't going to solve the problem?" 
Dennis Pavick: "No. But it helps. But until you do something with the creek back there it won't solve the problem."

The only other thing Chesterfield County can do is ask the Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to dredge Pocoshock Creek. The county isn't considering that option right now.

Homes in the Scottingham neighborhood were built in 1973, before the county deemed it a flood plain. Chesterfield is helping people there apply for flood protection.

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