JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When it rains, some Sandalwood residents get nervous. Flooding was never a serious concerns until Tropical Storm Debby. Isabell D'Angelo has lived in the community since 1978.
"I looked out my window and my whole backyard was flooded. I've never had a backyard flooded in over 30 years," she said.
John Quilon moved in during the early '70s; he lives next door on Java Drive.
"Every time it rains, it is getting softer and deeper," said Quilon.
During Debby, the storm drainage system failed and it is still not fully repaired. The failure resulted in a soil washout where the buried pipes are connected. Quilon is now losing his chain-link fence.
"What can I say," he said," I don't want to go against the city."
The drainage pipe is buried in a easement between the two properties; where it connects to the system has failed. As a result, there is a big washout in D'Angelo's backyard and when it storms, her property floods.
"I want to know when are they going to come out here and fix it," said D'Angelo.
The city responded and placed caution tape near the system failure, but they have yet to hear from the city and wants to know why it is taking, what seems like forever, to make repairs.
"No body showed up," said Quilon. "I haven't heard from them."
City Hall spokesperson Debbie Delgado said Public Works is aware of the problem and is working to resolve it as quickly as possible.
Since Tropical Storm Debby, the city has received reports of 40 locations that are either cave-ins or washouts due to the torrential downpour.
First Coast News