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Southwick Residents Battle Washed Out Yards After Mid-Week Rains

SOUTHWICK DAMAGESOUTHWICK, Mass (WGGB) — Wednesday’s torrential rain storm is long gone but some people in Southwick are still feeling the serious impacts of it.

A construction project off of College Highway couldn’t handle all water that fell in mere hours, creating a small landslide into local backyards.

Michael Noble is one of them. For 24 years, he has had minor water issues in his backyard. Wednesday, though, was a whole new beast.

“It just completely washed out my whole backyard, my landscaping out front,” Noble said. “My basement loaded with water.”

All because, as town officials confirm, a new solar farm is being installed above Noble’s property by Big Y Supermarkets.

“They had told me that they had finished putting in a drainage area up there and that would take care of any runoff,” Noble said. “Obviously it’s Mother Nature that came in and did what it did.”

Now big piles of mud, sticks, and silt are all over the backyard. The landscaping is virtually ruined. Noble’s other concern is that there is now a grooved pathway for the rain to come down into his yard, each time there is a storm.

Noble fears that continued damage, even after Wednesday’s storm damage is cleaned up, could lead to a diminished property damage.

Southwick Department of Public Works Director Randy Brown says that should not be a problem. The town met with the contractor, who has pledged to clean up the mess and will also be resubmitting project plans to include better drain-offs moving forward.

Brown added that Big Y has also been very cooperative.

Noble agrees, he just hopes everyone holds their word.

“I’m in distress,” he said. “I’m on medication already before this and I have physical problems. I’m part of the VA. This is just exacerbated the situation for my health.”

Noble was told that the contractor will be back out Monday to start making repairs to his backyard.


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