West Omaha Neighborhood Frustrated By Muddy Runoff

Rainy days can be frustrating for most of us, but not like for some homeowners in West Omaha. They tell us they know who's to blame for a runoff problem, and they want it fixed.

Shoveling her grandmother's sidewalk is not what Kayla Dawson expected to be doing in June.

"Every time it rains, it's like, 'how deep will it be this time?'" Dawson says.

Using her iPhone's camera, Kayla followed a river of runoff upstream after a recent downpour, and at the top of the hill, construction of Elkhorn's new middle school.

"Since they build the school, they built the land up," Dawson says. "It seems that every time it rains it just comes down and floods everything."

The runoff floods her grandmother's backyard and beyond. The path the water takes down the hill is clearly visible, running from Kayla and her grandmother's house all the way down. The water leaves behind mud and what looks like landscaping rock.

The superintendent at Elkhorn schools wants to be a good neighbor by making sure silt and straw barriers are in place but he diverts blame. The project engineer tells Fact Finders the source of the mud flood of mystifying. Two homeowners affected call it frustrating.

"It's a nuisance because of the mailboxes," one neighbor says. "You've got to put boots on just go to check the mail."

A neighborhood contractor and the school builder have been clearing a way to the mailbox after storms.

"We should have to deal with this every time it rains," Dawson says.

But who is responsible- the school district or the neighborhood developer- is a question with a muddled answer.

A public works inspector has told Elkhorn's superintendent the district seems to be doing all it can to divert runoff. The neighborhood developer says he'll check out the problem.

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