By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Homeowners most impacted by seasonal flooding in the northeast section of Preston approached the city council to see if anything can be done to drain a water-retention pond and alleviate future problems.
City officials explained a portion of a lot owned by Sheridee Earl was designated as a retention pond on an original plat of the property and was marked as such when the property was sold.
City Engineer Derek Kimball said a portion of a second lot, now owned by Chuck Shoemaker, was also marked for a retention pond.
“We’ve got a problem with stagnant water remaining all year long in the pond behind my house,” said Earl. “It just won’t drain, even during the summer, and it can get up to four-feet deep, at least. It’s a safety issue for kids in the neighborhood and a mosquito problem.”
Councilman Neal Larson said there may be an on-going issue with water from a nearby golf course pond seeping under the road and into the retention pond.
Shoemaker told the council there is a law of attractive nuisance that seems to fit the retention pond. This law indicates the city may be liable because the retention pond is attractive to children and poses an imminent danger.
This story is sponsored by Brady’s Plant Ranch.
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