Misplaced Freeway Drain Causing Headaches for Homeowner

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 7/26/2013 6:50 pm
Marianne Childers says it happened quickly. Once the rain started to fall on Thursday afternoon, the water started to build up,  all around her house on Butler Street, near Oddie Boulevard.

"Oh it was a huge mess.  We have a dog and she thought she was in a lake," Marianne said.

Childers says the problem started after the Nevada Department of Transportation re-did the section of freeway behind her house. Crews removed the Oddie Boulevard on-ramp and in the process installed a drain which dumps rainwater, cigarettes,  and other trash right into her back yard. 

She showed us a photo indicating just how much water poured out of that drain when when the storm hit on Thursday.

"It was up to my son's knees yesterday.  And I would just like to see something done about it," she said.  

Childer's says she's been talking with NDOT since December.
In an email on December 12 of last year Amy Mac Quarrie of NDOT wrote
to Marianne saying "I have some ideas on how to fix the issue."

That was December. Now its July.  And Marianne is still waiting to get this problem solved.

"They just keep telling me they've got some changes in order and as soon as everything is signed off on it will be taken care of.  But how long is it going to take ?"  

NDOT spokesman Scott Magruder tells News 4 he's not sure why the drain was put there.  He says NDOT is working on a new design plan and should have a solution in place within a month or two.


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Speed - 7/29/2013 2:05 PM
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Sure-fill the pipe with concrete. THAT shifts the blame from DOT to the person who vandalized the drain,so then somebody would also get to pay the State for cleaning it out. The home owner should be looking for an attorney with experience with suits against the State. They seem to operate differently than most entities when sued.

Sharon - 7/29/2013 12:57 PM
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In the meantime, for the next couple months or UNTIL fixed, who is going to clean up this mess and make it right to the homeowner?

BDeckwa - 7/28/2013 1:46 PM
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NDOT probably will say not my fault, talk to the contractor. Best way to resolve it is fill the drop-inlet with concrete. Then NDOT would have to make a change.

kdavis52 - 7/27/2013 12:39 PM
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So when are they going to do something about it? When there is DAMAGE to her house???
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