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Ayden residents, town officials wrestling with flooding issues

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Flooding issues on McCary Street. Flooding issues on McCary Street.
AYDEN, N.C. - People in one eastern North Carolina community are watching and holding their breaths as the potential of more flooding becomes a threat.

Residents on Winchester Drive in Ayden say every time it rains, the water floods their street.

"It will get about anywhere from two to three feet deep.  The water will get all way to our front porch,” said Eric Walls, who is concerned about flooding.  

Winchester Drive isn’t the only street with flooding issues. People on McCrary Street and Lyndale Drive say poor drainage leaves their street with several feet of standing water.

People who live on Winchester Drive say they've dealt with flooding issues for decades and say it keeps getting worse.  

"When it reoccurs like that in a very short period of time, it does seem to get higher every single time it happens,” said Walls.


Residents 9 On Your Side spoke to say they have spent their own money replacing heating and air ducts, insulation, and other  parts of their home that have damaged by the flooding.
 
Residents say the town has made several promises to fix the problem for years. They say if something isn't done soon the water may start coming into their homes.  

Mayor Stephen Tripp witnessed flooding issues on a couple of streets in Ayden Friday night. Mayor Tripp says it’s an issue the town is aware of, and there is even a fund to fix the problem. 


“Last year we put money into a storm water fund, to help with the issue of floods. We have seen great improvements in our downtown area with that improvement,” said Tripp “What we'll probably do now is use some fund balance to help expedite these projects.”

He promised homeowners the town would look into expediting action and should have an answer and solution within the next few weeks.

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