BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor dark of night is supposed to stop you from getting your mail. Notice giant potholes are not on the list. That's why residents who live on one Brunswick County road say they rarely get their mail, and it's been that way for years. When the folks who live along Killians Way in Leland open their mailbox, it's empty for days on end. Rick Vericchia lives on Killians Way. He said, "We haven't had mail delivered since Friday of last week." And it's not because they don't have bills to pay. It's because of a pothole that spans the entire street. On a good day the mail got through... But the mail carrier says that's not always the case. Postal worker Wanda Wilson said, "Only when it rains, it's really, really bad. We can't get through to take care of our customers. I've got really good customers and I want to take care of them." Even big SUVs have trouble passing through. One driver actually turned around and it hadn't rained for several days. Driver Eric Rich said, "This is a company vehicle, and I was scared that I would tear up my vehicle because the hole was way too deep." But whose responsibility is it to fix the giant ditch? The residents say it's the department of transportation's. Patricia Vericchia also lives on Killians Way. She said, "We've been working on this road for six years now with the dot and we still haven't gotten any word on when they're going to come and help us." But according to the DOT Killians Way isn't a state-owned road -- yet. It's still a private road, but residents have tried to have the state take it over. A transportation technician with the DOT says it's in the works. It's currently under review by a state board in Raleigh and it could be voted on as early as next week. In the meantime residents say the mud hole causes a whole lot of problems. Patricia Verricchia said, "I had to call everybody last night to make sure my credit card payments weren't late because there's a $35 fee if they're late. I try and mail them ten days before but if you don't get your mail, you don't know if you've gotten your bill." Residents say the pothole only gets worse when it rains. Some have school aged children and the bus won't even come down the street.
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