East Knox County homeowners worried about storm water drainage

East Knox County homeowners worried about storm water drainage in neighborhood

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Rain storms are becoming a wash out for one homeowner in East Knox County. It's getting so bad they're asking for help solving the problem before it gets worse. (Source: Charlene Ramsey) Rain storms are becoming a wash out for one homeowner in East Knox County. It's getting so bad they're asking for help solving the problem before it gets worse. (Source: Charlene Ramsey)
Charlene Ramsey sent us pictures snapped of her parent's home during the downpour. (Source: Charlene Ramsey) Charlene Ramsey sent us pictures snapped of her parent's home during the downpour. (Source: Charlene Ramsey)
They're growing worried because the foundation of the home is starting to crack, not to mention standing water could become home to mosquitoes. (Source: Charlene Ramsey) They're growing worried because the foundation of the home is starting to crack, not to mention standing water could become home to mosquitoes. (Source: Charlene Ramsey)
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Rain storms are becoming a wash out for one homeowner in East Knox County. It's getting so bad they're asking for help solving the problem before it gets worse.

The problem is the ditch across the street from Bill and Marie Smith's home. A drainage foreman with the county was out Tuesday morning and we've learned improvements could cost upwards of $10,000.

The Smiths set up barricades Tuesday morning to block rain so that it wouldn't rush too close to their home.

"If all those wires get wet it could be bad. It could be bad," said their daughter Charlene Ramsey.

Ramsey sent us pictures snapped of her parent's home during the downpour.

"Walk out your door and there's a river running at your feet and everything you own is flying through the yard, it's stressful. And they don't need it and they don't deserve it," said Ramsey.

They're growing worried because the foundation of the home is starting to crack, not to mention standing water could become home to mosquitoes.

"It can all be prevented and I'm angry, I'm upset. Something needs to be done," added Ramsey.

The Knox County Highway Department says in the next two weeks, they're planning to remove rocks which will make the ditch deeper. As well as, installing bigger and better pipes increasing storm water capacity.

In the meantime, the Smiths are just relieved the county is finally listening.

"We will deal with what's going on on their property. We just can't deal with the 20 acres around us," said Ramsey.

The Smiths were wondering about installing a curb, but the highway department says the problem with curbing areas like this is that it can trap water on the road, making it dangerous for drivers.

We're told the highway department will be renting equipment to help remove rocks and cement building up along the ditch lines in this neighborhood.

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