Residents fight for culvert replacement

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Stepping out of their house in the morning to see a flooded lawn is something not out of the ordinary for some locals in Mon County.

Residents have been working for years to get their culvert replaced after it appeared to be collapsing and clogging up.

After noticing a clogged culvert that dates back to the 20's, when the property used to be a school, residents have contacted the Division of Highways several times for a replacement.

Having spent $1,100 on piping and being told they could expect someone to come install it, they are still waiting.

Last spring officials from Miss Utility came to Cassville Mt. Morris Rd. to inspect the area. They even marked it up with a plan to dig out the old piping.

The piping is ready to be put in the ground and residents, like Jeannine Tennant, are simply asking the DOH for help.

"I don't know what the problem is. I mean it's clogged, I know it's clogged, you can tell it's clogged. We bought the pipe. All we're waiting for is for the Department of Highways to come out here and just do it," said Tennant.

Another resident, Codey Smith, says the sump pump in his basement isn't enough to keep away the water that the culvert is supposed to be controlling.

"I have a sump pump in my basement that even when it's pumping out if the water gets so high down there, on this road, it will kind of backflow into the house," said Smith.

Smith also says that he pays enough in taxes, so this issue should be being fixed.

5 News reached out the DOH for a comment, but we haven't heard back from them yet. We will have an update if we receive more information.