Q. I have called the state to get my ditches dug out in my neighborhood to remove overgrowth, but they refuse to come out and do it. Am I responsible for removing this growth?
A. The N.C. Department of Transportation maintains drainage in the public right-of-way, which includes county-owned property, while private property owners in the unincorporated part of the county are responsible for maintaining their drainage on their property, according to county spokesperson Charles Smith.
Specific property owner responsibility is listed within the County Stormwater Ordinance.
“Homeowner associations, management companies and other parties under contract can maintain drainage features on behalf of residents in a subdivision, but the ultimate responsibility is on the property owner of record,” Smith said. “The contract just provides a means for the subdivision to do all the work at once and cover the cost through dues or fees.”
Date posted: November 5, 2013
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