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Some Say VDOT Shares Flood Blame


Reporter:  David Tate

Troutville, VA - The heavy rains Monday night once again created flooding problems around the area, and some neighbors aren't just blaming Mother Nature.

One often heard complaint recently is that the culverts are never cleaned out which in turn residents say, causes excessive flooding.

That was the argument Tuesday on Stoney Battery Road in Troutville, as VDOT crews worked to clear that road of flood debris.

"Basically what's happening is it's backing up and running back across the road and piling up on us.  So I think the appropriate thing for them to do is get on a ditch witch, or something, and come down through here and clean these culverts and clean these ditches out to where they are usable," said Richard Hollifield.

Hollifield says he needs to replace $450 worth of gravel on his driveway that he just recently laid down.

VDOT says those culverts along the road - as long as they are on the state right away - are their responsibility and are on a maintenance schedule completed as needed.

However, a VDOT spokesman says they monitor thousands of culverts and need your help in spotting problems.

If you have issues that need to be addressed, you should call 1-800-367-ROAD and make a complaint.

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