VDOT fixes culvert after NBC12 report

VDOT fixes culvert after NBC12 report

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A culvert in a Chesterfield man's front yard was replaced by the Virginia Department of Transportation after an On Your Side NBC12 investigation.

Shannon Crusenberry contacted NBC12 in late October after he said The Virginia Department of Transportation and Chesterfield County wouldn't address his pleas for help.

Crusenberry's home on Wyfliff Road in Chesterfield flooded every time it rained because of a faulty culvert in his front yard. Crusenberry says for the last seven years, he's asked Chesterfield County and VDOT to replace the culvert. However, because of its small size, every time it rained, debris got stuck, causing severe flooding inside his home. Crusenberry spent more than $25,000 fixing damage inside his home over the years.

He says the county and VDOT gave him the run-around until NBC12 got involved.

"I wish we didn't have to go through channel 12 to get things done, but it worked out good [sic]," Crusenberry said.

A few weeks after our story, VDOT was at Crusenberry's home, replacing the culvert.

"One morning, I heard bulldozers and stuff so I looked out my bedroom and they were out  there working," Crusenberry said.

"VDOT replaced a pipe on Wycliff Road to help address any future drainage concerns. We're continuing to work with Chesterfield County to partner on any other future drainage improvements," a VDOT spokeswoman said.

Chesterfield County plans to go out to the home within the next few weeks to add rocks to the ditch next to the culvert to also help with the drainage issue.

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