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Madison Man's Yard Washing Away Near Drainage Ditch

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by Chris Cannon

MADISON, Tenn. – A Madison man has been looking for help to keep his yard from washing away. He wants the drainage ditch alongside his home fixed and thinks Metro should help.

Ken Lewis moved into his Graycroft Avenue home in 1998. It was not long after he noticed the land on the side of his house was washing away into a near-by drainage ditch.

The ground has eroded up to his driveway, and he has already lost a tree to the problem.

Lewis said he has talked to Metro Water Services about the problem numerous times over the years.

"About four years ago I met with an engineer and another employee of Metro Water, said there were in the process of drawing the plans up and was going to take care of all this," Lewis said.

Lewis said he was under the impression the city was working on a plan to fix the erosion issue alongside his house.

He received an email Thursday from Metro Water that clearly stated the utility's procedures for this type of issue and the city could not work with him because it the drainage problem was on private property.

"That's the first I've heard of that since I've been talking with them since 2000, because I would not have let this gone that far," said Lewis.

"Our concern is that it's open and draining and not flooding your neighbors," said John Kennedy from Metro Water Services.

Kennedy said the utility did not install the rocks along the drainage ditch and the department cannot maintain it.

"How would you justify to somebody putting in a grass-lined channel through their property. Going out for the same length of property you're going to spend a quarter of a million dollars restoring this guy's wall. It just doesn't make sense to the average take payer to do that," Kennedy said.

Most of the drainage channels that run through Nashville neighborhoods usually consist of grass.

"We would prefer a grassy ditch, because the grass helps to filter out the pollutants and stuff that might be in the water, where a stone-lined channel just lets that run down to a creek," Kennedy said.

Lewis said there has never been a rock wall alongside his property. As far as he knows, it has always just been rock along the ditch. Now dealing with an issue he did not think he would have to face.

"This is going to cost me, probably thousands of dollars that I did not expect, because I was told they was going to take care of the problem," Lewis said.

Metro Water does have plans to work on the culvert that runs under Graycroft Avenue, which is adjacent to Lewis' property. That work will not include the area alongside his home.


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