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Lee County resident speaks out about drains

Larry christmas is fed up with the drain issue being overlooked Larry christmas is fed up with the drain issue being overlooked
the road sits higher than the home, causing water to fill up in his yard the road sits higher than the home, causing water to fill up in his yard
The only drain in the area is in an inopportune spot The only drain in the area is in an inopportune spot
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Larry Christmas has lived on Lumpkin road in Lee county for decades.

He doesn't live in a flood zone, and he says he never had flooding problems until what used to be a low-lying dirt road was reconstructed in 1997.

The road is now above the level of homes in the area.  Christmas says when it rains, the road serves as a dam, trapping large bodies of water in their yards.

"They didn't put any pipes," said Christmas. "There's no pipes down here. The closest pipe is approximately a quarter-mile to the west. And the water flows to the East and their are no pipes over here to get the water over."

And Christmas says this 24-inch pipe doesn't help drain water because it's in a low area on the other side of the road from his home.

Christmas says he's been told multiple times over the years that the problem would be fixed, but nothing has been done.

"The engineering firm that the county and them hired made the recommendation on what needed to be done. The commission that time tabled it. They said 'well, we wont worry about it right now.'"

But it worries families every day of the year. Christmas even considered selling his house, but due to the drainage problem the real estate agent said he'd be lucky to get 20,000 dollars.

Christmas took his concerns to county commissioners again this week with two main questions.

"Is the problem going to be repaired. And if yes, when?"

Now, he's waiting for answers.

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