Residents of Castleford Way are experiencing flooded properties, eroded lawns and construction debris every time it rains.
Kim Day, a resident of 23 Castleford Way, said that her concrete driveway is nearly washed away with every storm.
Day’s next door neighbor, Ron Fine, located at 25 Castleford Way, said that several of the shrubs in his yard are uprooted and his dog lot is often filled with mud, silt, rocks and branches. Nearly 15 homes on Castleford Way are effected similarly. Residents of Abby Lane, Abby Court and Ennismore Drive have also reported similar complaints to the Middlesboro Daily News.
The domino effect is allegedly caused by a construction project on property owned by Ken and Ann Macuila. Macuila is developing his land— situated uphill from Castleford Way on Thornaby Ridgeway, also in the Ambleside subdivision— into a horse farm.
When the flooding began in October 2008, an upset Day contacted the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to file a complaint. The agency responded and according to documentation, cited Macuila for a violation.
Macuila said that the agency visited his construction site on three occasions, and claims that each time he complied with their directions and guidelines. “We’ve complied and probably more so, most of which was done voluntarily,” stated Macuila.
However, Macuila does accept some responsibility for the problems. Macuila said, as a precaution, he erected 400 feet of silt fence and hay around the perimeter of his property, to serve as an obstacle for the mud and water.
Day and Fine agreed that Macuila had installed a barrier. However, the barrier has since slid down the hill with rainwater. A portion of the fencing slid downhill onto Day’s property, where it has been since December, according to Day.
“Every time it rains, we’re flooded,” said Day.
The Bell County Road Department made a trip to Ambleside last month, in response to reports of debris scattered roadways. The crew installed large rocks around the culvert beside Day’s house and underneath her driveway to prevent further erosion. Representatives from the Bell County Road Department were unavailable for comment.
“We are just literally tired of working hard and cleaning up after his [Macuila’s] mess,” Fine remarked.
Sarah Miracle is a staff writer for the Daily News. She can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.