Storm water flooding expensive for AZ HOAs, homeowners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sentinel Shadows is a 47-home subdivision that sits at the base of ‘A’ Mountain, at the outer limits of Tucson, Arizona. The neighborhood dates back to the 1990s, although some homes were built as recently as 2006. KVOA reports that homeowners in the small community experienced significant flood damage in July 2017. Because the subdivision is a common interest development governed by a homeowners’ association, property owners must maintain Continue ReadingStorm water flooding expensive for AZ HOAs, homeowners

Salisbury, MD plans to be part of solution to HOA storm water flooding

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Eireann Mhor subdivision, located in Salisbury, Maryland, is a 25-year old neighborhood of middle, working class residents. The neighborhood and surrouding area has a history of flooding, said to be related to their poorly maintained, privately owned storm water system. Like most homeowners’  associations in the U.S., there’s little to no money in reserve to begin making  costly repairs.  The HOA  could  consider a special assessment, but many of its Continue ReadingSalisbury, MD plans to be part of solution to HOA storm water flooding

Storm water flooding, erosion threaten Fort Worth homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Each time it rains, a torrential river of storm water threatens to wash away the fenced-in back yard of a North Texas homeowner. Steven Owens shows CBS DFW a video recording of rushing storm waters, which flood the grassy area that divides several back yards of homes in the Villages of Woodland Springs, Fort Worth. When the sun is shining, the area behind Owens’ home is a peaceful babbling Continue ReadingStorm water flooding, erosion threaten Fort Worth homes

Flooding, erosion common problems faced by HOA planned communities

As more and more homes are built, storm water problems multiply By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For decades, cities have offloaded construction of community roads, water management systems, to private residential developers. In most cases over the past 2 -3 decades, ongoing maintenance of storm drainage systems has been dumped onto private homeowners, under the leadership of volunteer HOA boards and community managers with no technical knowledge. Every month I read dozens of Continue ReadingFlooding, erosion common problems faced by HOA planned communities