Neighbors say trash-filled ditch leads to flooding

Neighbors say trash-filled ditch leads to flooding

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Neighbors say they can't get an answer on who is responsible for the drainage area. Source: WBRC video Neighbors say they can't get an answer on who is responsible for the drainage area. Source: WBRC video
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A group of neighbors say they don't know where to turn when it comes to a trash and debris-filled drainage ditch behind their property.

"We've had really big sewer rats," said Stacy Kacse.

Kacse and her neighbor, Gina Roybal said they're fed up and disgusted with what's going on just feet from their backyard in eastern Jefferson County.

"Sewer rats and snakes and mosquitoes. The mosquitoes are horrible. Can't sit out there a couple of minutes and you're getting chewed up," said Roybal.

For months now, Kacse and Roybal said people have been throwing trash into an area that leads to a storm drain. From tires to a water heater items continue to pile up.

"It infuriates me so much because I keep my property clean," Kacse said.

While they're seeing the wildlife outdoors, neighbors say they are also dealing with the damage it does indoors. Every time it rains water from the storm drain overflows and floods nearby townhomes.

That's what it did two weeks ago.

"We've tried calling the city. The city said it wasn't theirs. We've called the county, the county said it wasn't theirs," said Roybal.

Tracy Pate, a Drainage Engineer with Jefferson County says because the drain is not close to a roadway they're not the ones to address the problem.

"Unless it's adjacent to the roadway...then we determine, just looking on the map if they say it's in their backyard or somewhere around their home that usually that means it's on private property," she said.

While the county does not interfere with private property land they said they will help concerned residents track down the property owner.

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