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Dalton family fights city over drainage pipes under their home

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DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB)  --  "I just want to be able to fix my house so I can be able to live in it for the rest of my life," said Molly Henry, 70, of Dalton. She has been in a battle with the city ever since she learned a storm sewer drain ran directly under her house. "It was supposed to be an abandoned lot," said Henry 

According to the city records she's kept over the years, her property was not supposed to have anything built on it. However, somehow she said the city okayed a mortgage company to build a house and 22 years later the damaging affects are showing.

"Its wrong to do people this way," said Patricia Hallford, Henry's daughter. She said the land around the home is beginning to cave in, and their house is going with it. "Well, I can't keep putting money out. I don't even do the yards anymore cause I don't know what's going to happen," Hallford said.  

After assessing the property, Hallford said the city offered her mother $10,000 to foreclose the home and walk away, but that wasn't an option. "Ten thousand dollars and walk away, then where are we going to live? Ten thousand dollars ain't gonna get you nothing," said Hallford.  

Henry said the house has been in her family for more than two decades and with so many memories, she's not going anywhere. "I want to be the next one to die here," Henry said.  

With lung cancer, emphysema and COPD, Henry knows she's only got a short time left to take care of this unfinished business. "The last wish I have is to get my house fixed," Henry said.

Channel 3 did speak with Mayor David Pennington, who said he asked Dalton Utilities to look at the situation. We've been unable to contact them for a comment. The city administrator who has worked with the Henry family said the pipes under their property are private pipes, but the city needs to truly examine what is under their land.

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