Broken drain causes huge concerns

Broken Drain

February 5, 2010 9:23:09 PM PST
Some Cumberland County residents say they tried for months to get an open storm drain fixed, but have had no luck.Homeowner Janet Brown says the open storm drain in her front yard is very dangerous.

"We have kids that stand on that corner every morning waiting for the bus," Brown said.

A big piece of the cast iron that covers the storm drain is missing.

Brown says the eight foot deep drain has been uncovered since last October when a school bus ran over it causing the iron cap to fall into the drain.

"It's been very frustrating, we contacted the city, the county everybody gave us the run-around, we don't handle that, it's not our responsibility," Brown said.

Borwn's neighbor Lisa Kenny says she talked with someone at DOT, but no one ever showed up.

"As far as the kids I was worried about somebody slipping and falling to the hole," Kenny said. "I had called DOT and then I don't know they transferred me and transferred me it was like five or six different transfers I don't remember who I spoke with."

So ABC11 called Bill Hammond who is in charge of maintaining state roads in the county, within a half hour Dave Carter, a DOT supervisor, was out checking the drain.

He said they were not aware of the issue until ABC11 called them. Carter said he had a spare iron cover back at the DOT yard.

About 45 minutes later, Carter and another worker were back, putting the cap on the drain.

"I'll put some cones around it and secure it so that anybody that comes by will steer clear of it," Carter said.

Residents say they are pleased the issued has been resolved.

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