Water threatens Milton area, Wales subdivision

Megan Searcy stood out on her deck Thursday and watched the growing chasm in her backyard creep closer and closer to her home.

A retention pond next to Searcy’s home failed during a mid-May storm, and spouts of stormwater from a broken drainage pipe had been scouring away the ground beneath her property ever since. A chain-link fence that marked the edge of her yard had already crumpled into the hole, and a new orange safety fence separated her home from the small cliff inching its way toward her residence.

As of Thursday, no one had given Searcy any indication her home was at immediate risk, and county officials said they were working to begin repairs soon. So for the time being, Searcy was left to just wait and watch and worry.

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