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O'Fallon, Mo. woman says creek is causing her backyard to disappear

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Wendy Reid says her backyard in O'Fallon, Mo. is slowly disappearing because a creek changed course. Credit: KMOV Wendy Reid says her backyard in O'Fallon, Mo. is slowly disappearing because a creek changed course. Credit: KMOV

O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – For more than half a decade an O’Fallon homeowner has watched her backyard disappear thanks to a creek that runs behind the property.

“This terrifies me it absolutely terrifies me. For the last six years my daughters have not been able to enjoy our back yard,” explained Wendy Reid who lives on Barrington Drive.

She moved into to the home in 2008. But two years after she moved in, the creek behind her home shifted course.

“I’ve lost about eight to ten feet,” said Reid of her yard.

She's also lost her fence due to flash flooding and part of a tree crashed on to her house, likely due to the erosion.

Reid says she first contacted the City of O’Fallon back in 2011. An email from the city said back in 2011 that there was no funding in place. But in 2016, they say they have a cost sharing program for problems like this.

“If there’s funding available we’ll work with her right away to address it, it might be a situation where we’ve expended all funds and they might have to wait until the next year to do it,” said Tom Drabelle, a spokesperson for the City of O’Fallon.

Again she contacted the city during the summer of 2015, but has been in a holding pattern waiting for surveyors to give her a bid.

“I need help, this is absolutely ridiculous,” said Reid.

The city says ultimately it's her responsibility.

“If you have a creek on your property problems, like erosion, come with that and if that creek is on your property its your responsibility. The city is limited by city and state ordinances on what we can and can’t do,” said Drabelle.

But Reid says even with the city’s 50/50 program, fixing the damage is expected to cost upwards of $12,000.

“Even at half price as a single mother of two girls I can’t afford this,” said Reid. “I understand I bought a home in a flood plain but when adjustments have been out of my control to a creek that’s not in my property that’s washed away my property, I need help.”

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