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Stormwater causing damage to Dalton homes

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) -  Rain is causing problems for some neighborhoods in Dalton. Runoff stormwater is damaging properties -- especially those surrounding McClellan Creek.

"Probably six feet wide by 30 or 40 feet has washed away," said resident Jean O'Neal.

For O'Neal, when the rain comes -- so does frustration. And it doesn't take a downpour to cause damage around her Dalton home.

"It's been over 30 years that we've lived here, and we've seen all these changes... it doesn't happen all in one day," she said.

Runoff from Dug Gap Mountain is an expensive problem for neighbors around the creek.

"Because of the force and intensity of the creek, our foundation kept washing away. We had to spend thousands of dollars building a new foundation," O'Neal said.

"My property has been impacted," said Charles Allgood, who lives around the corner. The creek rushes through his property as well.

Last year's wet summer was worse, he said, but his yard continues to see damage.

"The primary problem has been extensive erosion to the property, and this has been a problem for a number of years," said Allgood.

Consultants for Dalton Utilities proposed a multi-million dollar fix, including retention ponds.

"The problem belongs to all of us, and the solution is going to be quite expensive -- but certainly necessary," Allgood said.

"I'm not going to have a heart attack over it, but I would like to see something done," said O'Neal.

City Council and Dalton Utilities must come up with an agreement to fund the proposed plan, which council members had not yet received an official copy of yet as of Monday afternoon.
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