Clayton Harris doesn’t think blaming the new state shop for flashing flooding across his land is a rush to judgment.
In front of a roads maintenance yard silt screen installed by the state washed away during a downpour last Tuesday night. The screen plugged a culvert and forced water to rush over the road and on to Clayton’s land.
His home and outbuildings weren’t damaged. But he worries it’s a sign of things to come.
Clayton Harris said, “Somebody is going to lose control hitting a section of water that’s crossing the road because of what they’ve done building that highway department there.”
District Highway Maintenance Superintendent Dale Butler said it shouldn’t happen again.
Butler said, “I hope not. We’ll monitor it and keep and eye on things and if continue to have issues we’ll take action to try and resolve it.”
Harris and neighbor Jeff Salberg believe construction of the roads maintenance shop and yard changed the lay of the land causing more runoff. Salberg said, “When it rains it turns this into a river 5-6 feet wide and 2-3 feet deep because of how the state has rerouted the water."
Butler said a weekend rain didn’t cause the same problem so he’s confident it was a one time issue.
Butler said the state is trying to be a good neighbor by planting trees and limiting equipment noise.