WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Viola Kimbrough's backyard is washing away.
"My biggest fear is [my neighbors] house is going to collapse and I don't know how much of [my yard] it's going to take away," said Kimbrough, who lives at the end of Kestevens Street in the Twin Cedars neighborhood.
She says ever since Walmart went up a few years ago nearby more stormwater has flowed into the drainage ditch between her and the foreclosed home next door.
The ditch, more than 20 feet deep, was originally put in by the neighborhood developers.
"I have grandchildren here every day and I cannot allow my kids to come around this side of the house to ride bikes," said Kimbrough.
City officials say they don't maintain drain pipes on private property, such as the Kimbrough's yard, though have offered to pay 70 percent of the total cost to correct the problem. Kimbrough and the foreclosed property next door would split the remaining 30 percent which equals $70,000.
FOX8 contacted city officials Friday, who revisited the property for a second look. City officials say they plan to review the problem and cost again.
"This is a monster project," said City Councilwoman Molly Leight. "I couldn't afford to pay 30 percent of this."
Leight visited the site for herself Friday afternoon and says she will talk with city officials about doing more.
"We are going to have to make this a special case," Leight said.