For Marianne Childers the last straw was a heavy downpour in July that flooded her backyard and ruined her garden.
"Oh it was a huge mess. We have a dog and she thought she was in a lake," she told us.
The culprit was a large drain installed during a freeway construction project on U-S 395 years ago. NDOT says for some unknown reason, the drain outlet was placed right above Marianne's backyard.
"Obviously thats not what was supposed to happen," said NDOT spokesman Scott Magruder.
After News 4's On Your Side team started asking questions, NDOT came up with a solution and crews are now wrapping up a two month, $200,000 repair job to give Marianne and her neighbors on Butler Street some peace of mind and a dry back yard.
"It just seemed like they were putting me off and putting me off and that's why I got a hold of you. And it seems like once I got a hold of you things started happening," Childers said.
The repair job involves covering the catch basin that drained into Marianne's backyard. It will be covered and new pipes are being installed which will send the water away from Marianne's house.
"It will just divert the water that was coming into the resident's yard, get it to where it's supposed to go," Magruder said.
How did this happen in the first place ? No one seems to know.
"A lot of times things just escape people." Magruder said.
For Marianne Childers, it's better late than never.
We can get our lives back to normal. I don't have to worry about a flood coming in," she said.
Crews are now working on the final stages of that project . It should be done by October 21st.
Scott Magruder insists NDOT was working on getting the problem fixed all along. But he says budgets and design work can take a long time.
The bottom line, after a thorough review, it's still a mystery as to why that drain was built that way in the first place.