Families cut off by floodwater

A road leading to 8 Vance County homes was cut by storm water Wednesday night.

December 3, 2009 10:30:50 AM PST
Wednesday night's heavy rain was a real "gulley washer" for some Henderson families.

The gravel road leading to their rural cul-de-sac was sliced in half by floodwaters. The rain tore out part of a culvert under Geranium Lane and left it sticking up in the air.

Thursday morning, eight families living along the lane discovered they couldn't drive out by car.

"My dad tried to leave for work this morning and he couldn't get through," said resident Carrol Bou.

"The pipes got stopped up debris and it flooded over the top and washed out the path were no vehicles could get in or out," explained Lawrence Pulley with Vance County Rescue.

Emergency workers showed up Thursday morning with the developer who maintains the road who brought heavy construction equipment to make repairs.

Residents say this is the third time the road has become impassible.

"Every neighbor has lost a day's pay and there's a lot that can't afford it," said Bou.

Residents said they want the developer to come up with a more permanent solution to the washout problem, but a worker told ABC11 Eyewitness News that the homeowners are responsible. He said they pay to maintain the road through fees and they'll be billed for the latest repairs.

Homeowners said they're looking at their options.

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