Better Call Jackson: Drainage issues in Pataskala creating health, safety concerns for homeowners

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PATASKALA, OH (WCMH) — There’s a stretch of Summit Station in Pataskala lined with older, well maintained homes. It’s a beautiful neighborhood with an ugly, hidden problem.

The problem? Every time it rains, the water doesn’t drain like it is supposed to. Instead, it stands in the backyards for days, creating a breeding grounds for ticks and mosquitoes. In the worst cases, the problem is damaging sidewalks, destroying furnished basements and leaving mold everywhere.

Several homeowners reached out to Better Call Jackson after not getting any answers from the city. And with several recent warnings from Ohio health officials about ticks, residents are extra concerned.

“It’s just a health hazard,” Beverly Meyer told Mike Jackson. “We have ticks. We have mosquitoes. We have everything.”

Beverly says she’s had enough. Her pets are forced into the mud when they go outside to relieve themselves, and she continues to battle indoor mold.

“It’s an ongoing issue with bleach,” Meyer says. “We fight it but there’s really nothing we’ve been able to do about it.”

A few doors down from the Meyers, the White family has more than five acres of land they can’t use. It looks more like wetlands with 4 to 6 inches of standing water.

Adrian White showed Better Call Jackson blue prints of the area, which shows the natural flow of the land. He believes he knows the culprit.

“I would have to say it’s the 1,700 foot broken field tile that has yet to be repaired,” White explained.

The White’s also battle mold and their finished basement is a disaster. He’s willing to grant the city access to his property to fix the problem.

“We talked about giving it as a gifted easement rather than seeking any type of financial compensation for it to make it easier on the city to afford it,” White said.

Better Call Jackson has been in contact with Pataskala City Engineer Allen Gaines. He says he made a proposal this week to the city street committee.

That committee is expected to recommend the repair of the storm tiles on the property of Adrian White. The easement issue is something that must be addressed before construction can begin.

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