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Home eroding into ditch

3 years 6 months 3 weeks ago October 29, 2013 Oct 29, 2013 Tuesday, October 29 2013 October 29, 2013 5:58 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Shingleton

DENHAM SPRINGS - Ricky Kahl is trying to keep his property from eroding and his home from falling into a ditch.

He's been fighting it and Livingston Parish leaders over it since 2000, when concrete highway barricades were the solution.

Kahl showed News 2 pictures of flooding when it rains heavily. The ditch running along his property and, as of 2003, underneath his front yard fills up and threatens his home.

"My home has dropped an inch and a half into this ditch," Kahl said, pointing to foundation problems that he says cannot and will not be fixed.

"Foundation repair companies will not guarantee the work because of the condition of the ditch," he said.

In 2000, what looks like concrete highway barriers were placed in the ditch to divert the flow of water away from his property. Kahl said it took only a few years for water to overtop the barricades and erode away soil on the other side.

The next fix was to install a wooden bulkhead to prevent water from flowing into his yard and near his home. Kahl said his backyard continues to erode, and he's positive the next solution is nothing more than a quick fix.

"Their solution was to come out and put rocks into the ditch to slow the erosion, not stop it, but to slow the erosion. If you put rocks in it to slow it down, water is going to find a way. It's going to go around the rocks into my home," Kahl said.

He wants gravity and drainage leaders to study a more permanent solution of diverting water away from the subdivision instead of through it.

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