Mt. Pleasant man says old storm drain under home causing problems

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MT. PLEASANT, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mike Carroll, 65, of Mt. Pleasant says he has a big problem that no one knows how to fix.

In 2006, Carroll and his wife Deborah purchased a brand new home in the 400 block of Wall Street.

“We bought this house to retire here and live here until we died,” Carroll told News 2.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

The problem, he says, is an old storm drain that runs from the road in front of his house to the state waterway in his backyard. He says it has deteriorated over time and his home is crumbling on top of it.

“It’s just real stressful. It’s stressful living here,” Carroll explained.

When Carroll and his wife purchased the house nearly a decade ago, Carroll says he asked the former codes department if the storm drain would be a problem.

“He said there was no problem with that. He told me it would be there for 100 years. I was not concerned,” said Carroll.

But a few years ago, he says he started to notice issues.

Then, last summer, a giant hole, approximately 8 feet deep and 12 feet wide, opened up in his front yard while he was cutting grass.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

“The earth opened up. A big round hole just dropped with me and the lawn mower,” Carroll told News 2.

Carroll made it out unharmed and the city filled in the hole.

Now, he says, there are small holes all over his yard, cracks in the home’s foundation and the façade on the side of the porch has separated from the concrete porch. He says water backs up under the house when it rains.

Carroll says he’s spent around $12,000 of his own money in repairs.

He believes the former city staff should have never issued the permit to build the home in the first place.

“The city is not being mean to us. They’re not ignoring us or anything like that. We don’t have anything bad to say about the City of Mt. Pleasant,” said Carroll.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

He says the city has sent multiple engineer firms out to inspect the property.

“They’re response was, there’s nothing that can be done with a house sitting here,” Carroll told News 2.

City leaders and representatives with the city’s insurance company came to Carroll’s property Monday morning. Carroll says he was told the Municipal League would also be coming out in a couple of days to take look.

Carroll, who is in poor health, presented his problem to the Mt. Pleasant Board of Commissioners at its last meeting.

“In a perfect world, we’d get market value for our house so we can just pay it off and put us in another house,” said Carroll.

News 2 spoke with Mt. Pleasant Interim City Manager Mark Henderson. He said inspectors will be going out in the next couple of days and ultimately it will be up to the insurance company to decide how to move forward.

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