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Standing water question

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:04 PM
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We have standing water in our backyard. When we bought our house we weren't really aware of it because it was overgrown with bushes, however now that we've cleared them out its obviously apparent. The kids (5 & 11) love playing back there, but I worry about it. I want to fill it in but the HOA says its illegal to "divert water" and I'm worried that if we do they will take some sort of action against us. It spans the length of our backyard and our neighbors, it used to continue into a 3rd neighbors yard, but they filled theirs in years ago before we moved in. Also we live in a flood zone so I am not exactly sure what repercussions may come of making any changes. I've tried looking online and cannot find any information on it either way. If you have any advice please help.
by on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:04 PM
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Adnalor
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:16 PM
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Here's a website. It doesn't address the legal issue though. There may be other solutions that don't involve diverting the water. http://landscaping.about.com/od/excessivewetnessrunoff/
tessaadara
by on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:20 PM
Thank you for those suggestions!!! I will definitely go over those with my SO. HOA says even a french drain would be illegal, but there are other options listed that we can consider.

Quoting Adnalor: Here's a website. It doesn't address the legal issue though. There may be other solutions that don't involve diverting the water. http://landscaping.about.com/od/excessivewetnessrunoff/
Adnalor
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:23 PM
Have they said why it's illegal? My aunt and uncle had a standing water problem when they built their home. They can't do anything about it because it is wetland area and protected.

Quoting tessaadara: Thank you for those suggestions!!! I will definitely go over those with my SO. HOA says even a french drain would be illegal, but there are other options listed that we can consider.

Quoting Adnalor: Here's a website. It doesn't address the legal issue though. There may be other solutions that don't involve diverting the water. http://landscaping.about.com/od/excessivewetnessrunoff/
tessaadara
by on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:27 PM
Thay claim its because were in a flood zone. Honestly I think they just don't like us cuz were in the lower "poor" level (hence being in a flood zone).

Quoting Adnalor: Have they said why it's illegal? My aunt and uncle had a standing water problem when they built their home. They can't do anything about it because it is wetland area and protected.

Quoting tessaadara: Thank you for those suggestions!!! I will definitely go over those with my SO. HOA says even a french drain would be illegal, but there are other options listed that we can consider.

Quoting Adnalor: Here's a website. It doesn't address the legal issue though. There may be other solutions that don't involve diverting the water. http://landscaping.about.com/od/excessivewetnessrunoff/
PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:36 PM
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You can make the area more conducive to draining by putting in gravel for several feet and then topping with very large rocks.  

PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:39 PM

You may need approval from the city.

Quoting Adnalor: Have they said why it's illegal? My aunt and uncle had a standing water problem when they built their home. They can't do anything about it because it is wetland area and protected.
Quoting tessaadara: Thank you for those suggestions!!! I will definitely go over those with my SO. HOA says even a french drain would be illegal, but there are other options listed that we can consider.
Quoting Adnalor: Here's a website. It doesn't address the legal issue though. There may be other solutions that don't involve diverting the water. http://landscaping.about.com/od/excessivewetnessrunoff/


tessaadara
by on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:39 PM
We're not in city limits, but from the county maybe...

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

You may need approval from the city.

Quoting Adnalor: Have they said why it's illegal? My aunt and uncle had a standing water problem when they built their home. They can't do anything about it because it is wetland area and protected.

Quoting tessaadara: Thank you for those suggestions!!! I will definitely go over those with my SO. HOA says even a french drain would be illegal, but there are other options listed that we can consider.

Quoting Adnalor: Here's a website. It doesn't address the legal issue though. There may be other solutions that don't involve diverting the water. http://landscaping.about.com/od/excessivewetnessrunoff/

PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:41 PM

Yeah, and even then the Army Corps of Engineers may get involved.  

Quoting tessaadara: We're not in city limits, but from the county maybe...
Quoting PinkButterfly66:

You may need approval from the city.

Quoting Adnalor: Have they said why it's illegal? My aunt and uncle had a standing water problem when they built their home. They can't do anything about it because it is wetland area and protected.
Quoting tessaadara: Thank you for those suggestions!!! I will definitely go over those with my SO. HOA says even a french drain would be illegal, but there are other options listed that we can consider.
Quoting Adnalor: Here's a website. It doesn't address the legal issue though. There may be other solutions that don't involve diverting the water. http://landscaping.about.com/od/excessivewetnessrunoff/


Adnalor
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:41 PM
Have you talked to your hoa about your options?

Quoting tessaadara: We're not in city limits, but from the county maybe...

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

You may need approval from the city.

Quoting Adnalor: Have they said why it's illegal? My aunt and uncle had a standing water problem when they built their home. They can't do anything about it because it is wetland area and protected.

Quoting tessaadara: Thank you for those suggestions!!! I will definitely go over those with my SO. HOA says even a french drain would be illegal, but there are other options listed that we can consider.

Quoting Adnalor: Here's a website. It doesn't address the legal issue though. There may be other solutions that don't involve diverting the water. http://landscaping.about.com/od/excessivewetnessrunoff/

tessaadara
by on Jan. 31, 2015 at 6:51 PM
They say we can just leave it like it is and if we don't like it we can move. Thats what we get for buying this place...they also say that homes should have never been built down here in the first place (which I agree with).

Quoting Adnalor: Have you talked to your hoa about your options?

Quoting tessaadara: We're not in city limits, but from the county maybe...

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

You may need approval from the city.

Quoting Adnalor: Have they said why it's illegal? My aunt and uncle had a standing water problem when they built their home. They can't do anything about it because it is wetland area and protected.

Quoting tessaadara: Thank you for those suggestions!!! I will definitely go over those with my SO. HOA says even a french drain would be illegal, but there are other options listed that we can consider.

Quoting Adnalor: Here's a website. It doesn't address the legal issue though. There may be other solutions that don't involve diverting the water. http://landscaping.about.com/od/excessivewetnessrunoff/

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