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Flooding Raises Issues For Wicomico Co. Community

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BIVALVE, Md. - No, a lake does not sit on Darryl Doane's lawn. 

It's standing water build up from rain over the past week.

Doane says it's a problem in much of Bivalve, Md., a tiny Wicomico County community. He says many residents live on low-lying areas and some don't have proper drains.   

"[I'm worried that the water] is going back to my well and I'm drinking it," said Doane.

David Loder, who lives off of Texas Road in Bivalve tells WMDT flooding is a persistent problem for days after it rains.

"Five years ago, you wouldn't see this, but now an inch of rain, it's devastating," said Loder.

WMDT walked with several residents seeing puddles looking more like ponds at a handful of homes on Jesterville Road and Texas Road. Loder says he's already spent $500 this year clearing his septic tank.

"I'm pumping my water out, but it has nowhere to go," said Loder.

Residents say a drainage ditch was put into one end of Texas Road about six months ago. While out, we saw some water draining from one side to the other. But once the water flows to the other side, it comes to a complete stop.

WMDT measured the ditch, standing at 13 inches of water. According to our meteorologist, the area saw less than an inch of rain on Tuesday.

According to resident Dorothy Eggliston, the north end of Texas Road formed a public drainage association to build drainage ditches.  Several properties on that end of the road have working ones, but homes like Loder are without ditches.
"We need the ditches that are existing opened up," said Eggliston.

"Give me the shovels, give me the equipment," said Loder. "I was an equipment operator for 19 years, I'll start tomorrow."

WMDT spoke with one member of the Wicomico County council about the drainage issue. Councilman Bob Culver says they're looking into what they can do. But we're told by another county employee familiar with the drainage problem that certain factors might make this a state issue.

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