World War II veteran in debate with Rockport over water issue

10:21 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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ROCKPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A World War Two veteran from Rockport is fighting with the town to try to fix a water problem on his land.

Town officials say they've looked at it many times, but can't find a problem.

91-year old Lloyd Richards says water running off from housing developments above his property has been soaking the back yard and poses a threat to the house itself. Richards says its been a problem ever since the developments were built uphill from him on Rockport's Old County Road.

But the town's community development director says he's walked the area and studied plans from 25 years ago, and says he can't find evidence of excess runoff.

He says water is only going where it was expected to go, including the gully beside Lloyd Richard's house. But Richards says that's not the cased, and he wants the town to force developers to make changes.

Lloyd Richards says he wants somebody to make the developers divert the flow of water so it goes down ditches along the road instead. But town officials say they believe those housing developments were built according to plan and are not causing a runoff problem.


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