SouthPark: Standing water causing issues for neighborhood

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SouthPark: Standing water causing issues for neighborhood

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 5:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 3:36 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Neighbors in a development off Providence Road say standing water at a nearby vacant property is a health hazard. 

That property is at 900 Sardis Road and residents in the Dunedin Development say, every time it rains, standing water pools on the property.  Nancy LeFlore lives near vacant lot. 

"Someone came one time and said 'oh, you have a pond'  I said 'no, that's just standing water."  LeFlore says the water smells and is a big draw for mosquitoes.  "I love working in the yard, and I can't do that.  You know sometimes, I sit on the porch and think, you know, I would like to do that, but I'm not going out there," she said. 

Jennifer Frost, a spokeswoman for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, said the city has been aware of the problem since 2012. 

The property on Sardis Road is on a high property list, however, the city says they have 700 similar requests.  According to Frost, it will be two to three years before officials will get to repairing the standing water problem. 

The city does have a cost share program with property owners.  If property owners are willing to contribute to funds for a fix, that project is moved up on the priority list.

Frost tells NBC Charlotte the real estate agent reached out to the city to inquire about the cost share, but later declined to participate. 

NBC Charlotte tried reaching out to Providence Realty, the realtor for the property, but didn't receive a call back. 

Meanwhile, Dunedin residents say two to three years for a repair is a long time to wait.  

"That's tough.  That's tough for us to last two or three more years more," said LeFlore.
 

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