Overflowed brook floods North Haven home

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The highways weren’t the only place that got more than their share of water Thursday. A lot of homeowners woke up to a mess with water in their basements and garages.

Maria Lawrence usually has a small brook on her side yard. But the rain over the last few days has caused it to overflow its banks, quite considerably.

“My property looks terrible, it looks terrible,” said Lawrence. flood yard

Lawrence says she’s had this problem for the last five years. North Haven says her property is considered a flood area. But Lawrence says she was never told that before she bought her house and no red flags were ever raised by those helping her with the sale of property.

“I’m desperate basically is what, I’m desperate. I don’t know what to do. I tried everything,” said Lawrence.

Lawrence says she’s gone to the town several times and recently was told someone would come look under the bridge near her house to clean out any debris or brush.

Maria says she even went as far as adding a rock wall to her yard, to serve as a barrier between the brook and her grass, but so far it’s not helping.

“This morning you couldn’t even see any of the rocks it came up further and if you ask me, I’m still losing property,” said Lawrence.

flooded propertyNews 8 spoke with the town engineer in North Haven. He says Lawrence should’ve been told about this issue before she bought her home and that there is nothing they can do since the brook is on private property.

Lawrence is now worried the water will take over her yard every time it rains.

“It keeps coming up more and more where my property is not wetlands, it’s going to become wetlands soon and it’s coming up to my pool and that is a huge problem,” said Lawrence.

She adds this should be a cautionary tale for anyone buying a home.

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