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Ayden residents sinking

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A follow up to your story about Ayden needing money to fix flooding problems. Notifying the town over the past six years was met with the same answer from the mayor, "We do not have the money."

Now Ayden has just received $153,000 to repair sinkholes and stop flooding in Montclair Estates. How is that possible bids have not gone out to determine the actual cost of this project? Town officials say construction will begin sometime in 2018.

In the past four years I have had to replace the heating/cooling system and underfloor insulation due to 3 feet of water running under my home in Montclair. Hurricane Matthew left my living area laden with water and pesticides from the adjacent farmer’s field, shifting the foundation and destroying the heating/air system again.

FEMA determined the home unsafe and awarded me $1,500 to find safe housing until repairs could be made. Ayden’s failure to correct this problem has not allowed safe repairs to be made preventing me from moving back in.

Ayden has received in excess of $750,000 in storm relief monies, but the residents have nothing to show for it. Since Matthew, my neighborhood has flooded four times. Just this past week, one inch of rain last week resulted in 18 inches of water in the neighborhood. Residents pay a storm water fees and taxes. All we ask is for a safe "great place to raise a family."

Cliff Stang

Ayden

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