Peace Pond is not peaceful when it rains

Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 03:32 PM.

Hamlet said her property is not in a flood zone, but is in a lower-lying area. However, she said her road would not be flooded if the pond was not there or if was being maintained and cleaned out.

"It's supposed to drain naturally, but it can't because it is stopped up, making it overflow," she said.

As of Tuesday, Hamlet said the county had been out pumping water off the street and into Lake Stallworth for three days and her street is no longer flooded, but the ditches remained full.

However, Hamlet says this is only a temporary fix and the problem needs a better solution.

"It happened last July also when we had heavy rains, and the county had to evacuate us by boat," she said. "The sewer line flooded and the sewer alarm was going off all night. It was a nightmare."

Hamlet said she has contacted the school board and county commissioners to try to get help so that it doesn't happen again, but she said no one is taking responsibility for the problem.

"Everyone I talk to blames someone else," she said. "We can't get a response from the school board. But meanwhile, part of our house is floating around and we have thousands of dollars of damage. This is the second time in eight months the pond has overflowed. We need help."

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