Rainwater runoff washing away Harris County woman's yard - WRBL

Rainwater runoff washing away Harris County woman's yard

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FORTSON, Ga. - The heavy rain is washing away one Harris County woman's backyard right before her eyes, and the county tells her they can't help.

Iris Eubanks says she doesn't know where to turn, now that Harris County has wiped its hands of her problem. Her only option is to watch the ever growing river behind her house.

Since she moved in 25 years ago, Eubanks has had to deal with rainwater runoff. Recently, though, things have gotten out of hand.
Today water flows from a county-implanted pipe through her yard into a lake.

Harris County Commissioner Becky Langston was not available for an interview Monday, but she says she can't do anything about Eubanks' problem because it's illegal to use taxpayer money for someone's private property.

"In my condition, and at my age, 72 years old, I can't do anymore," says Eubanks. "There's nothing more I can do. Pretty soon I'll be sitting in the middle of the lake."

While the county has put the blame on how the contractor developed the property, they also say he is no longer allowed in Harris County for other reasons, and therefore can't fix anything. The county told Eubanks to lay an 18-inch pipe along the ditch to direct the water away from her property, but she simply can't afford it.

She says, "They just want me to do it all. I've went to extents. I've even asked them to furnish the pipe and I would get it laid. That's not good enough. I'm supposed to foot the whole bill."

Eubanks says she even fears for her grandchildren's safety, and no longer allows them to play in the yard in case more ground unexpectedly caves beneath their feet.

"I have no options, none whatsoever, except to buy one piece of pipe maybe every three months and put down there," says Eubanks.

We will continue to follow this story, and provide any updates.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.

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