Coldstream homeowners petition city to remove flood debris
Councilman Johnny Jeffcoat says the county isnt able to help homeowners.
Chris Cannon has been clearing debris every week since the flood.
By: Alissa Holmes
The flood that hit Columbia two months ago is still causing problems for those who live near Rawls Creek. Fallen trees from the flood are clogging the creek.
There has been steady rain in the Midlands after the flood. When it rains, the blocked creek waters overflow, inundating yards and leaving debris household debris behind.
Chris Cannon lives in the Coldstream area and finds it hard to manage constantly cleaning debris while trying to repair his home. A ten foot fence stands between his home and the creek.
"The fences are packed solid with debris," said Cannon.
Cannons neighbors have started a petition, asking Lexington County to assist the debris cleanup. Over 100 homeowners have signed the petition, but County officials say they wont be able to help.
"Cleanup of damage on non-public land isn't permissible. We can't go and do that on private property," said Councilman Johnny Jeffcoat.
" I think from here on out we're pretty much on our own," says Cannon.
Though the road to restoring his home seems to be never ending, Cannon is trying to find a silver lining.
"There used to be a whole lot of rocks out in the middle here, and actually the rain pushed them all down there which is kinda cool, it gave me a little pond. A little more area for the dogs to run in."