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Collapsing ditch threatens Clinton homes

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The Clinton homeowner said a concrete wall and large drainage pipe have collapsed in the ditch that runs behind her home. The Clinton homeowner said a concrete wall and large drainage pipe have collapsed in the ditch that runs behind her home.
"I've had to pay someone to move my fence three times because it fell in the ditch," said Gallegos. "I've had to pay someone to move my fence three times because it fell in the ditch," said Gallegos.
CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Residents in Clinton say that their property is slowing being destroyed by a ditch that the city is ignoring. The deteriorating drainage system is causing homeowners to worry that their homes will be the next to be destroyed.

A rainy day strikes fear in Judy Gallegos who has watched the backyard of her Trailwood Drive home continue to wash away.

"I've had to pay someone to move my fence three times because it fell in the ditch," said Gallegos.

The Clinton homeowner said a concrete wall and large drainage pipe have collapsed in the ditch that runs behind her home. She said it's also affecting at least three of her neighbors.

"The man across the street has had to have foundation work done. This ditch runs up under Pebble Lane, and there's not any support under that street. Pretty soon that whole street is gonna collapse right there," predicts Gallegos.

Gallegos has lived in the Trailwood Subdivision for 17 years, but the problem began three years ago. Several holes have developed in the back yard.

"I threw the pallet over the hole because one of her dogs fell down in it," said resident Dennis Galloway, as he walked across the yard pointing out the danger spots.

Gallegos contacted the City of Clinton but said they informed her they had no money to fix the problem but have applied for federal funding for the repairs.

"I've talked with the city attorney, and he's told us that this was our problem. That it was private property and that the neighbors were supposed to come up with the money to fix this," added the frustrated homeowner.

"Until somebody gets hurt, they're not gonna do anything about it, but she's losing her yard and the holes getting bigger going toward the street," added Galloway.

The 58-year-old also fears the financial investment she's made in her home could simply go down the drain.

"It's definitely affecting my property value. I would not be able to sell my house for 10 cents right now," fears Gallegos.

The Clinton Public Works Department did not return calls from MSNewsNow for comment on the issue.

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