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Creek In Monroeville Overflows Into Driveway

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Linda Hawn says Monroeville cleaned out the drain two years ago, but told her from then on it’s a state issue.  (Credit: KDKA)

Linda Hawn says Monroeville cleaned out the drain two years ago, but told her from then on it’s a state issue. (Credit: KDKA)

MONROEVILLE (KDKA) — An ordinarily quiet creek flooded a driveway in Monroeville.

The house sits just above Forbes Road.

Even after the rain subsided, a steady stream remains on Linda Hawn’s driveway because the stream alongside the home she rents has been diverted down her driveway.

All she wants is for somebody to clear the drainpipe that would ordinarily send water to the hillside below, but apparently that’s not as easy as it sounds.

“My husband can’t dig it ‘cause he had had a heart attack, so he can’t dig that out and they’re telling me that I shouldn’t touch the creek anyway,” she said. “Monroeville said, ‘You’re not allowed to touch a waterway, so it has to be the state.’ That’s what they told me.”

Hawn says Monroeville cleaned out the drain two years ago, but told her from then on it’s a state issue.

She says as a person who is legally blind with an additional physical disability in one arm, she doesn’t like to be left in this situation.

“It’s like a river going down here,” she said. “It scares the heck out of me and plus like I said I’m handicapped and if something would happen that I need someone here, there’s no way to get up this driveway.”

Monroeville’s manager told KDKA’s Harold Hayes that while the state may see it as a local issue, Monroeville sees it as a private property issue that her landlord should address.

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