Rain causes extreme flooding for New Hanover County resident

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WWAY) — One resident is facing such severe flooding from all of the rain that his whole yard is flooded with water levels to to knee-deep.

“We’ve been pumping water around the clock, twenty four hours, with three pumps,” said Chevalier Cromartie.

But it’s not enough to even make a dent. Cromartie’s entire yard on Raintree Road has been flooded for days, and he and his wife are terrified of what might happen if they don’t get help fast enough.

“You can see the water creeping closer and closer to my foundation and it’s really a race against mother nature and the clock and time, and you know that feeling in the pit of your stomach. It’s like ‘Is this gonna be the day that the water comes inside my house?'” said Cromartie.

This isn’t the first time Cromartie’s yard has flooded. His problems with flooding go all the way back to 2015 and he has spent the last three years trying to find a solution.

“It’s been really frustrating. On one side, you have Stormwater pointing the finger at NCDOT and you have NCDOT pointing the finger at Stormwater. And neither one wants to accept responsibility and neither one wants to do anything about it,” said Cromartie.

We reached out to Kathy Stephens, a maintenance engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, to see what they are doing about the situation.

“I’m in the process of submitting a request to our hydraulics engineer to review the existing drainage and cross line which is just north of the property that is flooding,” said Stephens.

In the meantime, she says crews will check for any blockages underground. But Cromartie has spent more than $6,000 in ground work, pumps and drainage, but he’s running out of options.

“But I can’t wait. The longer that they sit around and wait to figure out what to do, if anything, the water continues to rise,” said Cromartie.

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