Storms send tree through a Huntsville family's deck; father blames the city

8 months 1 week 6 days ago Wednesday, October 10 2018 Oct 10, 2018 Wednesday, October 10, 2018 3:03:00 PM CDT October 10, 2018 in News
By: Matthew Judy, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

HUNTSVILLE - This week's storms dropped more than just rain. A homeowner in Huntsville woke up Wednesday morning with a tree across his deck.

Rian White said his wife woke up early, heard a noise and thought somebody was breaking into their home. 

"When we got up, I was pretty shell-shocked to see it was this large of a tree and did this much damage to our deck," White said.

White said this is not the first time a tree has fallen in his yard, and he is blaming drain mismanagement by the city.

A drainage creek runs next to his home and White said changes made by the city causing water levels to rise during storms, eroding the land underneath the trees on his property.

"It's something that we've been dealing with, or trying to deal with, since they started fixing the culvert across the street," White said. "After they fixed it, it's eroded everything else along its way because the water comes through it so fast."

He said the city doesn't show any interest in addressing the problem.

"This morning, after this my wife went up to the city office again to talk to them about it and they acted like they knew nothing about it," White said. "Here we are with damage to our house and nobody is responsible for the water that runs through this ditch next to our house that's causing it to erode." 

KOMU 8 News reached out to the city and a clerk said, "I have no comment at this time."

White said erosion has washed away three feet of his property. 

"I'd like to have the ditch fixed and the damages fixed. If I caused the problem, I would be responsible to fix it. The city's water is responsible for it so I feel like the city should have to fix it."

More News

Grid
List
SLATER - A 35-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to transporting a 16-year-old across state lines for illegal... More >>
56 minutes ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 3:26:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Food truck vendors say their new spot in downtown Columbia is good for them and hungry customers. But... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:59:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe asked President Donald Trump to issue a major disaster declaration to help those... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:52:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City is trying to prevent active mosquito breeding in flooded areas. David Grellner, the city's... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:20:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
MEXICO - An Overland man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for the 2017 death of Leon Wilder.... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:03:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A second suspect has been charged in connection with a Jefferson City shooting and assumed narcotics deal. ... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 11:56:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 11:31:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City's Department of Public Works marked June 30th as the final day for debris collection. The... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 3:30:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - STEMette summer camp will start Monday. The Columbia STEM Alliance in conjunction with Mizzou's College of Engineering... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 1:49:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK and AP) — A 26-year-old man was charged on Monday in relation to the shooting of... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, June 23 2019 Jun 23, 2019 Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:06:00 PM CDT June 23, 2019 in News
LEBANON - A Moniteau County man has been sentenced for the 2016 death of a Tipton student. Travis Clark,... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, June 23 2019 Jun 23, 2019 Sunday, June 23, 2019 6:26:00 PM CDT June 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Jonah Morgan, the store manager of Cricket Wireless in Columbia is holding a block party on Sunday to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:18:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - One month after an EF-3 tornado tore through Jefferson City, residents and local leaders are looking back... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 4:12:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - One man was rescued from floodwaters at Flat Branch Creek Saturday morning, according to the Columbia Fire Department.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:44:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Hundreds of protesters convened at the state capitol Saturday to rally against the state law restricting abortion.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:44:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Friends and family of Columbia's longest serving mayor, Darwin Hindman, honored his memory with a community bike ride... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:16:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
MIRAMAR, FLORIDA - Mizzou javelin throwers Ava Curry and Skylar Ciccolini take first and second place in the 2019 USA... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 9:57:00 AM CDT June 22, 2019 in Sports
BOONVILLE - Recent flooding aside, organizers refused to cancel "Heritage Days." High water covered railroad tracks and streets, preventing... More >>
2 days ago Friday, June 21 2019 Jun 21, 2019 Friday, June 21, 2019 11:05:00 PM CDT June 21, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
5pm 78°
6pm 78°
7pm 77°
8pm 74°