12 OYS: Swimming pool full of mud from construction site runoff, says man

News 12 at 6 o'clock / July 1, 2014

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (WRDW) -- Jack Pride Cox, 74, is angry.

"I feel like hurting somebody, and I am not threatening a soul. I know what the law is. I'm not gritting my teeth or balling my fist, but somebody needs to straighten this man out," said Cox.

He feels the developer of a construction site about 400 yards from his home, and across Sudlow Lake Road in Graniteville is responsible for runoff that has overflowed into his in-ground swimming pool. Janet West lives just houses away from the site.

"Every time it rains it floods like a river under our house," said West.

She said when it rains, water mixed with clay flows downhill, and into her driveway and backyard.

Neighbors said a drainage pond on the site where Greg's Mill Subdivision is located, has done little to stop the runoff. "This is the third time I've had to pay $650 to get it cleaned up," said Cox. That is how much Cox said it costs him every time he has to refill his pool with clean water.

Cox said only once did the developer offer to compensate him. "Give me one-hundred dollars to put the water back in my pool. The light bill is more than that," said Cox.

12 On Your Side left messages with the developer and Aiken County Public Works. We are waiting to hear back. Meanwhile, Cox just wants the problem fixed so he can enjoy his backyard pool.

"I want the water turned off of me, and that's all I want. I want the mud turned off of me," said Cox. Until we hear back from the county, it is unclear exactly who is responsible for the runoff. We have calls in and of course, we will follow up until we get some answers.


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