Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Some residents in West Columbia are upset because their state owned road hasn't been fixed since the flood.
Wilton Road sits on a dam that the South Carolina Transportation Department says has some damage from the October flood. The agency says they're not fixing the road until the dam is repaired.
The problem is who owns the dam, and right now, no one is claiming responsibility over it.
Brian Williams passes by Wilton Road almost every day. "We as taxpayers and I as a taxpayer expect that if I invest in something I should be able to use that," he says.
"There’s your property and then these are all the stakeholders...here is the road,"
News19 spoke to the biggest property owner around the pond, Patricia Hutto, and she said the dam itself doesn't need any fixing. She says the water is in place.
"You’re asking property owners to put hundredths of thousands of dollars into what they have not maintained beyond keeping the water back," says Springdale Town Administrator Jeff Stillwell.
Stilwell says it's no wonder why no one is claiming responsibility here, since it's not regulated by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control because they say its too small.
"I think the ball is definitely on DOTs court to fix the structure underneath their roads so that they can open their roads and people can pass through freely like they have for the last 80 years," he says.
iI a statement to News19, the Department of Transportation says, "the damage is on the backside of the dam. The owner is still required to make repairs to the dam before SCDOT will repair the roadway, so the property owners would first have to make the decision not to repair the dam. Then DOT would work out a plan to drain the pond and repair the road."
But if that happens Stilwell says that would cause problems. "It could cause property values to go down because the people who use to live on a pond now live on a creek bed," he worries.
"Our property values, if they go down, I’m going to look to someone else to say hey my property value was here now it’s here, who’s going to make up the monetary value," Williams said.
The neighbors have already had a meeting with DOT. Currently there are 22 roads closed due to dam failures across the state.