Neighbors Worry About Draining Water Not Jumpers

Neighbors worry about rain not jumpers being drained at a backyard basketball court. Omaha's Superintendent of Permits and inspections said a permit was required but never obtained by a homeowner who built it. The homeowner said he's trying to make it right but it takes time.

Neighbor Ann Mikos said since the large concrete basketball court filled a neighbor's backyard, her property has been soaked with runoff after heavy rains. Mikos said, "If the water continues to run and make its trail as it has, it's headed right for my basement someday."

Omaha's Permit Superintendent Jay Davis told Fact Finders city inspectors made three attempts to contact the owner of the house with the basketball court but notes and business cards have not been responded to. Davis said the basketball court violates city code and he could seek legal action if the owner doesn't respond. Davis said city codes are in place to protect neighbors.

Fact Finders left a business card and note at the home. After a story aired the homeowner who identified himself as Nate called. He said he didn't know putting in a basketball court that covered most of his backyard was a big deal. He said he's been busy working and couldn't respond to the city or Fact Finders but he would contact Permits. Nate said he was trying to make it right and he plans to build a retaining wall that should stop drainage into neighbors' yards.


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