"Whenever it rains, we can automatically assume that the front gate is going to be flooded," said Thomas Patterson, a resident. "I think last year there were four vehicles that were completely totaled because of the high water."
Patterson is a civilian worker at Fort Bragg. He said the rain has stopped him from getting to work on time. Ronetta Sanders, another resident of West Park Place, said the flooded gate has forced her to lose out on money.
It looks like rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week and it’s causing concern for residents in this West Cliffdale neighborhood. At 10/11: why they say it keeps them from getting where they need to go. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/WzwxqRcbq5— Akilah Davis (@DavisABC11) August 1, 2018
Residents said they believe the problem is caused by the neighborhood's poor drainage system. They told ABC11 that depending on how much rain they receive, it could take hours before all the water is gone.
"You have people leaving from work who can't make it home from work, and then you have people coming home from work who can't get to their families," Patterson said.
Residents claim to have made contact with their Homeowner's Association. ABC11 reached out to the HOA on Tuesday but hasn't heard back.
"Something has to be done," Sanders said. "It's like they are not doing anything. They're letting it rain and apologizing about it, but apologies just aren't good enough anymore."