Stagnant stormwater floods Arapahoe County property

KUSA - Lakefront property is great, but for residents dealing with extreme flooding in Arapahoe County, it's a wet, mushy mess... with no relief in sight.

Monday's storms left one Byers resident with nearly five feet of stagnant stormwater spread out over several acres of his property. For four days, Jim Maes and his family have been working to get rid of it.

So far, they haven't had any luck.

Maes says his underground septic system is completely covered with water. Now, they have to use a porta-potty. His well, where the family gets their water will be threatened if any more rain falls.

"I'm just digging real deep channels and hoping the water will fall in there and filter away so that it doesn't reach the house," Maes said.

In the 12 years he's lived in the house, Maes says he's never seen flooding like this. He says he's afraid that if he can't get the water levels down, his family will have to move.

Arapahoe County says it is unable to provide county-resources to assist with flooding on private properties.

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