Last year Broad Street was re-paved. The improvement however did not seem to take into account how it would effect drainage by simply adding a thick new layer of asphalt over the existing street. As a result our block (specifically the NW corner of 31st and East Broad) has had their drain ostensibly dammed by the new pavement. It leaves us with a 6″ – or deeper in parts – stagnant and rancid pond in front of our homes. It attracts mosquitoes, stinks and makes it generally unpleasant for LONG after a rain storm or even after a light to moderate rain occurs. I personally have put in SEVERAL requests to the city to fix it – by phone,rva311.com, SeeClickFix app – so too have a few of our neighbors. We ultimately get the same response every time: ‘under review’ and ‘completed’. I have NEVER seen ANYONE come out to address the situation.Let’s not forget that standing water can post some risk to health especially as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This is a common occurrence in Church Hill North and in other sections of the neighborhood. If you have any suggestions, please let us know.
A neighbor shares: