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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ASHBURN, GA (WALB) – All the recent rain has created a big mess in one Ashburn neighborhood and people are fed up with being bogged down.

Drivers trying to make their way through the Orchard Park Mobile Home Community have to dodge, back up and in some cases, just brave the thick mud that surrounds the neighborhood.

"If he keeps it scraped, it don't get this bad. But if he don't scrape, it gets just like this," said Deborah Lang.

Lang lives near the worst part of the road. After seeing car after car get stuck, it's affected the way she commutes.

"I leave my car parked and my momma comes and picks me up right there and takes me to work and brings me back."

But she says it's not just the mud that's the problem. In some places, the road has gotten so bad, underground wires are exposed.

"Somebody could bend to pick up this wire and be electrocuted out here. We done complained and won't no body do nothing about it."

Ashburn city officials say the road is on private property and therefore is not city maintained.  The responsibility falls on the property owner. Residents say they've complained to the landlord, but to no avail. Now their frustration has turned to concern.

"If the ambulance or people have to come out here to check on the sick or we have a fire or something we're just lost. So we need some help out here," said Tony Wood.

"Scrape the roads. Cover up the wires. Do something besides ignore us," said Lang

Residents say the mobile home park owner is out of California, but they deal with the landlord. We tried contacting him but he did not return our calls.

Right now residents say they're just going have to deal with it, but worry what will happen come the next heavy rain.

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