Charlottesville Woman Wants City to F...

Charlottesville Woman Wants City to Fix Stormwater Damage

There are 13 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Feb 14, 2013, titled Charlottesville Woman Wants City to Fix Stormwater Damage. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

A Charlottesville woman is speaking out against the city's response to a major problem with stormwater runoff in her yard.

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Reva Madison

Ruckersville, VA

#1 Feb 16, 2013
Who buys the insurance? And who pays for it. Plus, is any insurance company dumb enough to cover a preexisting problem like this? Why is a public drain system, that dumps into her yard, her problem? If I were here, I would probably get a dump truck to build up a dam or berm across the front of my yard, and force the water on down the road.
Guess Who

Buckingham, VA

#2 Feb 17, 2013
Every time it rains hard my front yard looks like a lake since I live at the bottom of a hill and everything flows into my property. A sidewalk is needed but the city says no. Fine and good by me since now I am watching stress cracks appear in the road. Hey Kristen, tell us that the city is going to ignore sinkholes in the road system. In Charlottesville no problem is acknowledged until it gets so severe it can no longer be ignored or downplayed by the spin doctors.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Feb 17, 2013
Well from the picture, it looks to me that the storm water drain on the street is C'ville's property, the purpose of which is to catch water off the street and direct runoff somewhere.

Even if the city didn't originally extend the runoff drain onto the private property, the street water runoff is ending up there, so it's the city's responsibility to ensure it doesn't cause damage the homeowner's property. If that isn't legally the case, then the law is wrong.
G Luv

Marietta, GA

#4 Feb 17, 2013
There is undoubtedly an easement on file with the City. That will specify who's responsible for the sewer.

I have a similar issue on my property, as do a number of people in C'ville. I'd be happy for the City to throw in 75% of the cost, but do we really want to set that precedent?
buckd

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Feb 17, 2013
Of course our illustrious vice-mayor is going to say no. This homeowner is obviously not part of the 99% that she holds so dear! If the homeowner was out on Main Street panhandling or screaming discrimination or blaming R.E. Lee, Ms Szakos would be at the forefront demanding action. Instead she wants to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on an un-needed commission instead of spending a lot less on this woman's problem and potentially a larger problem for the city in the future. Don't think I'll vote for you Ms Szakos.
know it all

Owings, MD

#6 Feb 17, 2013
Reva Madison wrote:
Who buys the insurance? And who pays for it. Plus, is any insurance company dumb enough to cover a preexisting problem like this? Why is a public drain system, that dumps into her yard, her problem? If I were here, I would probably get a dump truck to build up a dam or berm across the front of my yard, and force the water on down the road.
Then it goes to the next gravitational homeowner to further erode & contaminant the city.
Unless it goes straight to city Hall's front door where you can't make it any worse !
Goes around Comes around

Gladys, VA

#7 Feb 17, 2013
Maybe she needs to get Attny Fogel to hear her plea and he can sue the city for her, pro bono. He seems to champion David vs Goliath issues, maybe for just once he could pick a case that is worthy of a lawsuit.

Szakos need to go.
Sarg

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Feb 17, 2013
The faulty storm drain is obviously the City's responsibility. Take them to court, Barbara(and file a separate action for legal fees).
Jim

Harrisonburg, VA

#9 Feb 17, 2013
Just another typical day in the People's Republic of Charlottesville.
TEX

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Feb 17, 2013
the state highway dept has a similar problem on rt 729 just before it crosses rt 53 at mt Eagle a small stream piped under the road is eating up the pavement they put a striped barrel there to fix the problem I guess a fatal accident there will get their attention
TEX

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Feb 17, 2013
Szakos is too busy trying to destroy the statues that are part of the local heritage to concern herself with trivial taxpayer problems
40 oz malt in bag

Owings, MD

#12 Feb 17, 2013
TEX wrote:
Szakos is too busy trying to destroy the statues that are part of the local heritage to concern herself with trivial taxpayer problems
You all have her name wrong it's Szakos sheet !I know she will run for spite as she likes to be slammed especially by black men !
Jerry

Earlysville, VA

#13 Feb 17, 2013
maybe Szakos could have some of her homeless friends go over and repair...oh but no that would give them a J O B...that way they couldn't hang out on the mall and collect their Obama money! Szakos do us a favor....leave town!

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