Nancy Taylor is making waves about a county road project she claims turned her home into an island.
As she enters her driveway across flowing floodwater Taylor said, “You always wonder if the road might go underneath you.”
East of Fremont the county road was improved last summer and drainage ditch expanded. However Taylor complains the culverts in front of her home were not enlarged.
Taylor said, “You got all that water coming down the big culvert and you get my little culvert and it can’t push on through so it starts backing up and comes back around the house.”
Dodge County roads official Allen Doll said the large drainage ditch actually prevented more flooding in a small country neighborhood about two miles east of Fremont. The rawhide creek is plugged by snow swept trees forcing it out of its banks.
Doll said large culverts were not installed in front of homes to avoid tearing up yards. He said neighbors can talk to him about installing larger pipes to increase flow during flood situations. However he warns yards and driveways will be torn up for that kind of project. The county would also negotiate with homeowners about who pays for culverts in front of homes.
Nancy Taylor’s home is surround by floodwater but hasn’t been flooded so far. The septic tank is a different story and has caused an awful odor in the home.
Taylor and her family are staying with relatives until the hazard subsides.