Stillwater residents say state is responsible for flooding their property

April 15, 2019 06:54 PM

STILLWATER - Kyle Webber recorded some video Monday of a scene he and his wife Randi see all too often. It was thousands of gallons of water pouring from the Lake Champlain Canal onto Route 4 and into the Webbers' farm land.

"This is Route 4, that's where the breach is," Kyle Webber can be heard saying during the recording.

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The Webbers say the flooding happens about once a month, putting much of their 67-acre property underwater.

"The problem is that the water is actually creeping into the pastures and flooding the property so that it's deeming it unusable and eroding a lot of the drainage channels that we currently have on the property," said Randi Webber.

It's all caused by a structural failure in the canal, which runs parallel to Route 4.

"There's a breach in the canal wall there, so there's an overflow of water from the canal where it pushes across the road and into our property," said Randi.

"This has been happening almost monthly for a year now," said Mrs. Webber.

The state Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining the canal – and they're aware of it.

Webber say DOT typically sends a crew of eight or 10 people to shut the road down and each time they tell her the breach will be fixed.

"They have opened an emergency work order. However, the emergency must not be an emergency to them as much as it to us because we haven't seen any activity."

DOT spokesman Bryan Viggiani telling NewsChannel 13 by email Monday afternoon that they're aware of the situation "and looking into potential ways to mitigate flooding in the area."

Until it's fixed, the Webbers can't do much to restore their 18th century horse farm and the state and town will continue to send crews to deal with the flooded highway.

"It's troubling to see so much money expended on an issue that can be fixed," she said.


Mark Mulholland

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