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Raleigh builds temporary road around flood-prone area to clinic

Posted September 16, 2014

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— A week after flood waters blocked the entrance to a Raleigh dialysis clinic for two days, city crews have constructed a temporary gravel road to provide access for patients while officials and the clinic owner hash out a more permanent solution to drainage problems in the area.

Heavy rain on Durham Road on Sept. 8 prevented patients from getting treatment at Southwest Wake Dialysis. Workers walked back and forth in the pouring rain, in some cases carrying frail and elderly patients through nearby woods to get around the flooded road.

This is the third time the road, off Tryon Road between South Wilmington Street and Hammond Road, has flooded, and a city engineer said a clogged 72-inch pipe on private property nearby could be causing the problem.

Last week, Raleigh officials issued a notice of violation, ordering the property owner, Michael Weeks, to fix the problem.

Weeks is appealing the notice, arguing that the city should pay to unclog the pipe after city crews buried the end of the pipe, causing the drainage issues.

"I don't know whose fault it is. I just know it's a bad place for sick people to be and have no way out," dialysis patient Virginia Blackwell said Tuesday.

The Raleigh City Council is expected to hear the appeal next month.


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  • archmaker Sep 17, 2014

    You can stand up inside a pipe that large. It shouldn't be difficult to find out how that much dirt clogged it up.

  • busyb97 Sep 17, 2014

    So the city pays for the gravel and temporary road but doesn't pay to fix the darn drainage? that makes a lot of sense!

    I don't buy that the pipe is on private property so the owner's responsibility. If there is a problem with city lines and they are in my front yard, you know they will rip them up in a heartbeat. Private property doesn't seem to matter when they install them or want to mess with them. But NOW it does??

  • Matt Wood Sep 17, 2014
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    So they won't pay to unclog the pipe, but they will pay to build a gravel road? Childish pride at its finest...