A south Jackson couple blames a ruptured drain pipe for the erosion problem that is destroying their property.
The Baileys say they have been trying to get help from the city since the summer.
"Just every time it rains you come out another piece of land is missing," said Stacey Bailey.
Water from a broken drainage pipe behind Clifton and Stacey Bailey's Canary Drive home is slowly eating away at their back yard.
According to the couple, they first notified the city about the problem in June.
"This section is just barely hanging on. I used to have to stand on something to look over the fence," said Clifton Bailey while pointing to a missing section of the wooden fence.
Through the gaping hole you can see the crumpled concrete pipe and surrounding woods.
The house is in the Quail Ridge Subdivision off Forest Hill Road.
Their fence is now falling into the creek as well.
"After the last rain we had this week the hole has come in. We've lost a section of our fence...Now I'm nervous. Directly behind me there's a creek, and it's all wooded area. So now I'm afraid of different animals coming up through the hole invading my yard," said Stacey Bailey.
A storm drain in front of their home leads to the pipe that flows into the creek.
"They're telling me I'm responsible for taking all this fence down and all this down," added the concerned husband.
They said city crews accessed the problem about seven months ago and told the homeowners they had to remove their fence so repairs could be made.
The Baileys were reportedly told then that work would not begin until 2012.
Boards were used to cover the ever expanding hole.
The area is too dangerous for their five and three year old children.
"They haven't been able to come out and play on the playground, because I'm scared they're going to fall into the yard. I have dogs that we've had to fence into keep them out of this side of the yard," said the worried mother.
The Baileys said Ward Six Councilman Tony Yarber has been working to on the problem as well and has been keeping in touch with them trying to offer assistance.
We looked into the Bailey's complain after business hours Wednesday evening and were unable to reach officials with detailed information on the broken drainage pipe.
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