Hidden Highlands resident Jessica Hamlet says her neighborhood is in serious need of help.

Hamlet is speaking of the damage being done to her property and others in her subdivision every time there are heavy rains.

Hamlet is in the process of building a house on Spotted Dolphin Drive in the subdivision off North Bishop Road, but with last week's heavy rains, she watched thousands of dollars of her fill dirt wash away, as well as wood and building supplies.

This is not the first time this has happened, said Hamlet.

Instead of blaming the weather, though, Hamlet says the problem lies with a pond located nearby not being maintained.

Peace Pond is located on land adjacent to Butler Elementary School and at peak, should overflow naturally into Lake Stallworth, she said.

"Over time, the pine trees, pine straw, and sand that gets into the pond stops it up and it overflows and floods the street and yards," she said.

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."

Public Works Director Wilmer Stafford said the county does not own the property. He said Peace Pond is on School Board property. In his 17-year history working with the county, Stafford said he knows of no time any agency has maintained the pond.

However, Stafford has sent an inspector out and once a report is in, the different entities will all meet and attempt to come up with a solution to the problem.

The school district's Director of Facilities Mark Gardner responded to The Sun and he also said that all entities will sit down together to try to come up with a solution.