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Wet Summer Cause Huge Jump In DOT Work Requests

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We've heard from a lot of you about the wet weather this summer and how it’s wreaking havoc on your ditches, drains and yards. And the SCDOT says it has also caused a huge jump in work order requests. We've heard from a lot of you about the wet weather this summer and how it’s wreaking havoc on your ditches, drains and yards. And the SCDOT says it has also caused a huge jump in work order requests.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

We've all experienced the rain in the Upstate in recent weeks. And we’ve seen what it has done to our roads, bridges and yards.

Gene Perry says there's not supposed to be a pond on his property, but there’s one there now.

He says a drain pipe covered up by overgrowth usually keeps his yard dry.

But it hasn’t been lately.

“Over the last six months it's just, either it's clogged up on this end or something,” said Gene, point to the pipe.

And when it rains, he says the pond starts creeping towards his house.

“It's been probably ten more feet up into the yard,” said Gene.

 Living off a state road, Gene put in a work request with the South Carolina Department of Transportation to get the pipe cleaned out.

“And she told me six to nine months,” said Gene. “And I said that's kind of ridiculous.”

The problem is Gene's request is one of a thousand. We caught up with DOT Maintenance Engineer Mike Holden while he was working in the field.

“In the last 6 months, we've received over a thousand work requests related to drain issues and the rain,” said Holden.

That's about 75% more requests than they normally receive.

Holden says road closures from flooding and other emergencies take priority and are handled first.

Everything else that’s not considered an emergency, could take up to 10 months for the DOT to get to.

Holden says he's never seen anything like it.       

“We're used to having thunderstorms in the summer time. We're used to high winds and trees down and occasional flooding,” said Holden. “We haven't seen anything quite like this in many years.”

In all, the DOT’s District 3 is responsible for maintaining 1,600 miles of roads in Greenville County, 1,400 in Spartanburg County, 700 in Pickens County and another 700 in Oconee County.

If you have a drain or road issue, fill out a work order request at your county’s DOT office. Or you can submit one online.

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