Virginia Beach couple hoping to get help with creek behind their home

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — For five years Debbi Impervento and her fiancé Joe Wool have been living in their Virginia Beach home.

And for five years they’ve dealt with Buchanan’s Creek.

The couple says over the years the creek has collected muck, and during big rains the stormwater drains flush in water that is making trees fall into the creek.

“When it comes out there’s a lot of velocity, which creates erosion and undercutting, which makes the trees fall,” said Wool.

He says the trees that have fallen are large, and they’ve tried to cut some themselves, but it was too big of a job.

“Which creates a damming process so that when Mother Nature would normally be able to extract and clean out, it can’t,” he said.

They say they learned the creek was owned by a private company.  They say they’ve been trying to get the private owner to help clear trees, but haven’t had luck.

Since there’s a stormwater system that runs though the creek, they thought that the city could help.

“Palms owns this property because the city says it’s private property — we can’t do anything about it,” said Wool.

They say finally after years of back and fourth, Delegate Jason Miyares tried to help them out, who they say has worked to appropriate funds to get a study done of the creek.

“The first year he proposed it, it didn’t pass. This year he re-introduced the bill and it passed, so it’s been nice. We’re moving in the right direction,” said Wool.

They say they’re hoping Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will eventually be able to come out to test the muck, and that someone will find a solution to the growing problem in their neighborhood.

10 On Your Side has reached out to the city, the private owners of the creek and the  DEQ. 

The DEQ provided this response:

 “There is no recent or new information about Buchanan Creek with respect to sampling.   DEQ is aware of the budget bill line item for the 2019 and 2020 budget that proposes to fund a special study and report for this creek.  We will be looking at some preliminary planning in the near term.  Of course, once the budget is signed, we will be working to finalize the details and design of the study, in order to give us the best possible information.”

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