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12 FRIDAY. MARCH 2- MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 NEWS Cape Gazette THIS IS WHAT THE AREA around Hudson Road looked like in March 2010. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO He specialize in: LIGHTNING BOLTS & ELECTRICAL VOLTS #1 American Legion Rd, Lewes, DE 9958 Registered DE Electrical Master Genera/#54 LPI Installer Cert. #959 Drainage Continued from page I was over, neither the public nor the press were invited to at- tend. De ver said she was sur- prised at What she saw in some communities in her district. She sai she was taken to com- munities where flooding will probably occur with heavy rain or snow. "We Saw an abandoned home that flooded because a neighbor built up their lot, there- by causing water te run off to the neighbor. That's not illegal, I learned. There is no recourse ex- cept to go: to court and then it is hard to prove," shesaid. "In one case they are pumping water from one community to another, tp another and so,on, but in ca e of a severe storm, they tell that system will hub- ble up ancU fail," she said. She said she saw some homes built on land that looks like a bowl where water is sure to gather. "I was the only one on the tour that was upset about it. I made it clear that we are saying buyer beware, but no one responded. People just stared at me. No one Said a word," Deaver said. The issue surfaced during the Feb. 28 county council meeting when Deaver asked what re- sponse she was supposed to give to residents when they complain to her about flooding in their communities. "We don't have staff in that area,", said .CounCilman George Cole, R-Ocean View. "Refer them to the Sussex Conservation Dis- trict, and if they are not doing the job, complain to state legisla- tors.I feel their pain, but we can't do a thingor them." Vincent cut off the discussion during the council meeting, say- ing the item was not posted on the Feb. 28 agenda. Deaver said she wanted to continue the dis- cussion as an agenda item on the Tuesday, March 20 agenda - council does not meet March 6 or March 13. "We were told about commu- nities that are going to flood," Deaver said. "It's an emergency situation, and we need to look at a long-term plan. Weneed a presentation given to the public; we should all know what was said [on the tour]." Gray areas cause confusion The discussion picked up again during a Feb. 28 luncheon and presentation for county offi- cials hosted by the Sussex Con- servation District. Conservation district staff and board members said problems could be alleviated if the county had a drainage ordinance like Kent and New Castle counties, had regulations for single-family lot grading and had a process for approving construction of base- ments, especially in low-lying ar- eas or areas prone to flooding. "There is a gap between juris- dictions and between county code inspectors and the conser- vation district," said lessica Wat- son, conservation district pro- gram manager. "We have devel- oped lot-grading standards, but we need county buy-in for them to be successful." "If we can be proactive on the front end, we could avoid the phone calls and more expensive solutions. It's less costly to pre- vent problems," said Brooks Ca- hall, Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol manager. A tax-ditch district is being established in the Hud- son Road area to dealwith flood- Continued on page 14