Durham residents waiting on city to fix flooding issue

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Every time it rains, a Durham man says his house floods, getting inches of water inside.  

“Water comes across my neighbor’s back yard, up under my heating and AC unit and sits under our house,” said Anthony Springs.

He has been dealing with drainage issues at his house on Canal Street – causing mold and heating problems. 

“Water over here gets so high, you just don’t know what may happen.”  

He tells CBS 17 he and his neighbor have been complaining to the city about the problem for two years.  

“The city said that they would get a city planner out, resolve the issue, and get the water pumped out and/or replace some of the damaged pieces here, but as of yet, we haven’t seen anything,” he said.   

CBS 17 reached out to the City’s Public Works department for answers.  

The City of Durham tells CBS 17 it is not responsible for the flooding, instead the problem comes from the drainage system on three private properties upstream.  

However, the city wants to address Springs’ concerns. 

The Department said it’s offering help that would ensure storm water enters Canal Street right-of-way in an orderly manner.  

“Telling us, ‘Yes, we’re going to do something about it, we got you, we got you,’ I mean it’s the winter time, we went without heat for 4-5 days.”  

The City tells CBS 17 this week they plan to notify neighbors about when they will begin working on the project.  

Officials say the responsibility is on the property owners.  

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