Portsmouth residents say drainage problems are damaging homes

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Storm drains are causing a pain in a Portsmouth neighborhood. People in the Maryfield section of the city told 10 On Your Side the drainage problems cost them thousands of dollars over the last few years.

“When it rains, it’s like the rapids coming through here.” The rain at Ronald Rinehart’s Portsmouth home truly pours, or in his case, floods.

“Within 15 minutes or so because this draining. Almost the whole half of the neighborhood drains into this ditch,” Rinehart said.

Rinehart said the drainage flooded him and his neighbor, Douglas Franklin, with problems.

“There’s a problem between our homes and all the way back to the yards,” Franklin said. “It’s sinking and my driveway is cracked. [Rinehart’s] walls are cracked and my walls are cracked on the inside.”

Both men said the yard between their homes has started to sag from an underground drainage pipe.

10 On Your Side called the city of Portsmouth. A representative for Public Works said last month they checked the pipe between the homes. Their last check showed no leaking or issues.

As far as the erosion from the creek, the Public Works representative said the city would look into it. Rinehart hopes they can find a solution soon.

“With the erosion problem we’ve had, we are worried about our home falling into this ditch like a sinkhole,” he said.

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