Update on Rayconda HOA, NC. Original blog post below.
Several other lake commuities are also affected, and it will cost millions to repair dams if owners want to maintain their lakes.
Bill Kirby Jr. : Repairing dams, roads, lakes costly proposition
Jan 13, 2017 Updated Jan 13, 2017 (1)
Matthew did a number on four of this city’s earthen dams, and the October storm has left us with some hefty repair costs.
“The assessments for Arran Lakes dam, Devonwood Lower dam and Mirror Lake dam have been completed,” says Giselle Rodriguez, with the city’s Engineering and Infrastructure department.
The Rayconda dam, Rodriguez says, has been breached by the state, and replaced with a culvert to provide emergency access.
Here, Rodriguez says, are the repair costs for the streets and the dams:
$3.8 million for Arran Lake.
$2.9 million for Devonwood.
$1.9 million for Mirror Lake in the VanStory Hills neighborhood.
“Those numbers are to reconstruct the dams to state standards, which will allow for the lake to be impounded,” Rodriguez says. “It also includes the cost of the road.”
There is suggestion that neighborhood residents may have to pay up to 90 percent of the dam repairs under a city policy, but the city is researching and studying ways to ease that burden on homeowners.
As for Arran Lake, the city will repair the roadway along Bingham Drive, but not the homeowners’ privately-owned dam.
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities
Last year it was South Carolina dealing with record-setting rainfall and dozens of breached dams that led to downstream flooding. This year it’s North Carolina’s turn.
Same issue, different state.
Hundreds of dams have been constructed to create lakes used for recreation or flood control. Many of these lakes – and the dams that make them possible – are privately owned. Some lake communities have mandatory homeowners’ associations, and some older ones have voluntary HOAs (often referred to as Lake Associations or Neighborhood Associations).
But when many of these dams were originally constructed, the main goal was to sell lakefront and lake access lots, build and sell houses. Few lake community HOAs were provided with a comprehensive plan for long-term maintenance of their lakes and dams.
Volunteer homeowners don’t know how to inspect or maintain dams to prevent erosion or premature failure. NC Department…
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