by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Fulton County code enforcement officials have given a south Fulton County community 90 days to clear debris keeping an overflowing pond from draining.
The pond sits behind several homes in the Regency Hills subdivision and is full of standing water, trash and debris, according to neighbors.
The pond has debris blocking a retention wall, which is preventing drainage, according to code enforcement officials.
"Every time it rains, I'm thinking, ‘It's going to flood because the water rises,’” said one neighbor who asked not to be identified.
She told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri the standing water brings different concerns in the warmer summer months.
"I cannot use my deck because of the mosquito problem," she said.
She said she pays $880 annually to the homeowner's association and has been told repeatedly the problem will be fixed. Fulton County code enforcement confirmed they issued a notice to comply to clear the debris.
"If the county says they should clean it up, I think they should come out and clean it up," neighbor Emmanuel Stapleton said.
Calls and emails to the president of the Homeowner’s Association for Regency Hills went unreturned.
According to the county's chief environmental inspector, the cost to clean up the debris and drain the pond is an estimated $40,000.
If the HOA does not comply within 90 days, the county will take them to environmental court, where a judge could impose penalties.