Posted at: 06/29/2012 5:08 PM
| Updated at: 06/29/2012 7:42 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
EDINBURG - Despite plenty of phone calls and other requests for help, no one is coming through for disabled fire fighter Brett Van Der Volgen.
"I can't fix it myself," Van Der Volgen said. "I have no more money left and the county won't do anything, the DEC, I can't get any calls back."
Brett can hardly walk and is under heavy pain medication.
It's dry now, but Brett tells us and the neighbors verify that during heavy rain the Batcheller Creek overflows its normal channel, sending a second path of water through the other side of Brett's property, flooding his house and rental property, taking out the driveway, going over South Shore Road and then into Great Sacandaga Lake.
He considers the rental property unlivable.
This started during heavy rain periods three years ago and was particularly bad last year during Irene.
Brett's been trying to get help to fix the creek, which he doesn't own, but says no one is coming through.
"I've called the county to try to get them to do something. They say unless it takes the road they can't fix it. They'll lose their jobs. It's crazy. I've called the APA, the DEC, the Hudson River Regulating District."