Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 11, 2014

Resident looks to officials to fix ice problem

PRINCETON — A drainage problem in a Princeton neighborhood has caused a thick sheet of ice to form in front of several homes.

A section of Berkley Street in Princeton is covered in a thick sheet of ice with deep potholes and ruts making it difficult for vehicles to travel this section of road.

A resident of the street told the Daily Telegraph that she has been dealing with this problem for four years.

“The water runs down off of 460 from Locust Street causing it to pool up in an area on the street, and with the cold weather it freezes,” Rachel McCab, a resident of the street, said.

The ice is around three feet deep.

“I have called everyone I can think to call to have them come out and fix it, but nothing has ever been done. The DOH has looked at it but never followed up or fixed the problem,” McCab said.

There are deep holes in the ice and people traveling along the street often get their vehicles stuck in them if they don’t know the holes are there, McCab said.

“The water is also running under my mobile home and causing mold,” McCab said. “I also know that the neighbors are experiencing problems with their basement caving in because of all the water that flows in it.”

This happens every winter and even in the summer time the water flows down, McCab said.

“Officials don’t have enough respect for a person that is trying to own their own home and have something decent and they can’t even put in the proper drainage to help people keep their homes nice,” McCab said.

“If we didn’t have a four-wheel drive there is no way to get out to get to work,” McCab said.

West Virginia Division of Highways District 10 manager Tom Camden told the Daily Telegraph that this was a difficult area.

“We acquired these roads from the city and many of them are not in the shape they should be,” Camden said.

Camden agreed there was a lot of ice in the location.

“I have men going to take a look at the street and see what might be going on. I don’t know if it is drainage or some type of water leak,” Camden said.

Sometimes fixing problems like this is not a simple process.

“If it was an easy fix we could do it but if the street needs extensive work it would obviously require funding and some research,” Camden said.

Sen. Bill Cole, R-Mercer, also told the Daily Telegraph that he is looking into the issue and has also contacted the DOH in regards to the matter.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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