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Stormwater run-off a headache for older North Raleigh communities

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Homeowner Tony Lombardo faces flooding when the creek in his backyard rises several times a year.. Homeowner Tony Lombardo faces flooding when the creek in his backyard rises several times a year..
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Imagine a rushing river tearing through your backyard during every storm.

That's the reality for many who live in the city's older North Raleigh neighborhoods.

New developments up stream are causing massive flooding in downstream properties, Councilman Randy Stagner explained.

He said he is pushing for new regulations for developers requiring a greater amount of storm-water mitigation, but action is years away. Until then, homeowner Tony Lombardo faces a flood in his own backyard several times a year.

"When it's raining, it's about 4 feet deeper and like a raging river," described Lombardo, who said his home's backyard was a selling point for him.

Twice this year, the creek that runs through his neighborhood has rushed onto Lombardo's property.

"Water comes from upstream and totally floods the gravel area," Lombardo pointed out. "The entire garage is engulfed. It has already washed out one of the footings from under the deck."

The City of Raleigh offered a cost-share program to fix the erosion, but Lombardo said the fix was just a Band-Aid and the city says it will only chip in if his neighbors share the cost.

"If he doesn't agree to pay the $5,000, I have to pay his share," Lombardo said.

Stagner said while the City Council discusses a new policy, the only option for homeowners like Lombardo is to keep fixing the erosion. A costly fix, none the less.

"I've spent more than $15,000 to $20,000," Lombardo said.

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