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Eastern Henrico neighborhood fed up with flooding from storm drain

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A man working to renovate townhomes in eastern Henrico and other renters turned to 12 On Your Side after he said the county won't fix a backed up storm drain.  It's causing flooding and even damages to at least one home.

Some people living on Elkridge Lane say they're trying to renovate the area, but need Henrico's Public Works Department to take responsibility, too. During the last storm, residents took photos showing how bad the flooding can get.  Renters can't park in front of their homes when it's like this, and they say it can get much worse.

"It takes several days for it to actually drain," said Arthur Harris who is working to renovate the townhomes here.

But he said the flooding is working against him.

"It's damaging houses. If you look over here, we actually had to dig to the foundation and seal the entire thing because it was coming in through the basement," Harris said.

He said his crew is willing to fix the backed up storm drain, but he believes the county should take responsibility.

"It's reasonable," he said.  "We're paying taxes, they should do their part.  We understand that they're busy, we understand that they don't have money. The problem is these are houses, these are people living here."

NBC12 reached out to the county's director of Public Works, Steven Yob.  In a statement he says, "Our personnel have also found some county owned and maintained storm pipes that need maintenance.  We will address those pipes and clean them out."

Yob says some of the storm sewer pipes within the town home community will need to be taken care of by property owners.  But he says, "We will be happy to work with the townhomes or their maintenance company on what needs to be done on their end."
NBC12 will check back with Henrico's Department of Public Works to see if the work was complete. 

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