Drainage problem on low ground
The backyard of a house on the next street extends to our property line. The level of the ground has always been lower than the sidewalk. Storm water can not drain out the spare driveway or over the sidewalk and curb to the street. It’s gotten worse in recent many months. The deepest part has been measured as deep as 13 inches in some spots. Since the water can not escape it pushes side ways, parallel to the sidewalk, to within 2-3 feet of the back steps of the house on the corner and onto our property and reaching the tires of our vehicle. The DOT and City say they can not help. We’ve worked with them for over a year as far as getting their help. I’ve attached some recent photos from the last rain fall. And it does not take long in a heavy rain to fill the area with water. It can not escape at all and does nothing but soak into the ground. Someone suggested a french drain under the sidewalk to tie into the main drain under the street. City and DOT can not install this and neither can citizens. Another idea was to bring in tons of dirt and level it off. That would require permission from the property owner and we don’t know their name or address. If too little dirt was added to help us on our end, it would cause the water that would extend into our yard to push closer to the back steps of the house. This could put us in a legal situation where our actions of adding dirt has caused water to push up to and beyond the back steps of the house. Someone suggested a sump pump but we’re not clear on how to use one to stop the storm water. I can see using a pump to remove standing water after the rain is over but these storms are often at night and how would we use electricity to power a pump that is outdoors and subjected to the weather. Here are photos and you can see the sidewalk in places and how far it is from being deep enough to run over the sidewalk and into the street. I have considered using a concrete saw and cut an 8 inch wide section of sidewalk, drill a three inch hole in the curb, add a pipe from the curb down to the depth of the water and then concrete to replace the piece we cut out. The first photo is the worst I’ve seen it. As you can see there is a small amount of water escaping near the end of the railroad tie. The water is on our yard and actually draining out of our driveway. It takes 4 pics to show you the width of this area and how close it gets to the back steps of the house and our car. Thanks for any ideas and help.
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