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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County man says every time it rains his home is being destroyed.
He blames the damage on a new parking lot that was built by a car dealership above his home in Powell, saying the runoff from the parking lot is going directly into the back of his house.
"It came all the way up to here," explained Jeanne Miller. "This is still wet."
Miller, the daughter of Forrest Miller who owns the home, says she is concerned about her father.
"When it rains, he can't sleep well worrying about water coming into his house," she said.
Last week was the first time water had gotten inside the home, but the problem with the runoff has been going on for three years.
"The house is built on a cement slab," said Forrest Miller. "The water got under the slab and cracked a gap in the kitchen floor."
The runoff also left a thick layer of mud in the sunroom and destroyed the pool. Every time it rains, it fills with muddy water.
"It would be great for him to be able to use his pool after not being able to use it for three years," said Jeanne Miller. "He's a veteran and he deserves that."
Miller says so far it has caused up to $50,000 dollars worth of damage.
He said he has lived in his home for more than 20 years, and the problem with the run-off did not start until Quality Motors, located on Clinton Highway directly above his home, built a new parking lot in the back of their building.
We stopped by the dealership, but the owner was not available for comment.
Miller just wants one things to happen.
"The first thing get the water stopped," said Forrest Miller. "If that happened, I can take care of the rest."
"I have fallen myself here three times," said Jeanne Miller. "I can't explain how I would feel if it happened to him."
Miller, along with two other neighbors, have now filed a lawsuit against Quality Motors, to get the problem fixed, but he says something needs to be done now.
Miller says he has tried to see if the county could do anything about the problem, but said he did not have any luck.
We contacted Jim Snowden, Knox County engineering and public work's deputy director.
He told us he was not aware of the issue, but plans on meeting with Miller on Tuesday.