The record wet July is causing problems for some area residents who are getting tired of cleaning up their yards and driveways.
Some Sullivan County Residents have sour grapes over a nearby vineyard. "He has tried, he has put in holding ponds and different things but this is the fourth time this has happened," said resident Sue Darnell.
Darnell tells us that people in her neighborhood take pride in their yards, but after the last big rain they became a muddy mess. "It's just stained, the roads and everything. It just makes it look kind of dumpy," she said.
We called vineyard owner Michael Reedy and asked about the problem. Reedy told us after he began preparing the land on Esterville Road things were going great. But after the record wet July, the retention ponds he built to hold back water did not do their job.
The resulting overflow rolled downhill to nearby neighbors.
"It looked like a regular river, that's what it looked like. Like a river that you could just put a boat on," said Darnell.
However, this may be only the beginning. Now Reedy has actually cleared out a lot of the back part of the vineyard, but residents are concerned that as they continue to clear out the rest of it that it is actually going to cause more mud to flow into their yards.
Reedy tells us he is working with local environmental groups from Johnson City to fix the runoff problem. He says until they can find a solution, he is doing whatever he can to minimize the mess and keep a friendly relationship with people living in the area.
Darnell tells us she has noticed his efforts. "They came back by the next day with the pressure washer and they did do some of the driveways. So he was nice enough to do that," she said.
Darnell is hoping that will not be necessary again. now that she understands what's causing the problem. She just wants it solved before the next downpour. "We just can't continue, every time a storm comes to put up with all of this cause it's a lot of work on us; a lot of work," she said.
Reedy told us that they are working to install a larger retention pond that will gather up most of the water. He is also adding a pipe that will take some of the water and release it into a water sewer close by.