COAL MINE WATER Kanawha County Man's Flooded Yard Believed To Be Linked To Coal Mine Problem
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Dec. 28, 2012 9:04 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 9:22 AM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A Kanawha County man said he has been dealing with a headache for nearly a month -- his yard continually floods. The West Virginia Division of Highways officials said the flooding is due to a coal mine problem.
Melvin Mullins said the DOH has turned his yard into a lake to prevent water from crossing Campbells Creek Drive and freezing.
The diversion channel has cut off access to his house. Mullins suspects nearby excavation work changed the flow of water.
DOH officials said it is a mining problem that will have to be resolved by the state Division of Environmental Protection.
Mullins told Eyewitness News he is wondering when he will get the help he was promised by the state. "Three weeks (and I) can't get around the house," he said.
Mullins said he wants to sue. The DEP did not return calls from Eyewitness News seeking comment.
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