Forsyth Co. homeowner says ditch in yard ‘danger to the community’

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — One Forsyth County man worries every time it rains about a drainage area behind his home that he calls a “danger to the community.”

Tony Lananna thought he was getting help from the North Carolina Department of Transportation on Monday but work crews took one look at the stream and left, he said.

“Why would you send out a crew, loaded and ready to go and then not do anything?” wonders Lananna.

He called the NCDOT because they fixed a similar problem two years ago, according to Lananna.

With the help of the recent rainfall over the last month the problem has grown larger.

“Anyone could just fall right in there, its wide open to the public,” said Lananna, of the ditch off Mullican Ridge Lane in the Frye Bridge Estates neighborhood.

The ditch has grown to 30 feet across and 15 feet deep. It’s eroding land in a handful of properties and is close to a road that sees considerable foot and vehicle traffic. It’s also a road that draws kids and their sleds every time it snows.

“That I think is a major concern,” said Lananna. “[If] they fall in there, they can’t get out.”

NCDOT did not return calls from FOX8 about this issue Tuesday.

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