April 10, 2014 06:26

Is Eroding Creek Bank Homeowner’s Problem?

Is Eroding Creek Bank Homeowner’s Problem?

A stormwater drainage creek in Columbus, Georgia, that runs between a homeowner’s property and an urban forest owned by a local cemetery is causing problems. On dry days, the creek is a trickle, but during and after heavy rains it’s a raging river, and is causing erosion of the riverbank. The erosion is undermining three hardwood trees on the bank.

A drainage technician said that according to Georgia law, the property owner, not the city, is responsible for erosion problems. “The city will not repair any damages that occur as a result of natural erosion or where improper drainage on lots caused adverse erosion,” the technician wrote.

However, the erosion might not be natural: there is an ancient stone masonry retaining wall that once deflected the water, but a tree fell, breaking the retaining wall, and re-directing the water across the stream.

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