The Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting that local officials in the Adirondack town of Johnsburg think private homeowners behaving irresponsibly may be to blame for some of Irene’s impacts.
Local officials said on Wednesday that much of the recurring damage was caused by improperly maintained private culverts and ponds that backed up and flooded nearby roads.
The town has seen “damage reoccur over and over again because of something on private property,” said Sterling Goodspeed, the town’s supervisor. “It isn’t fair for the entire tax base to carry the burden of the repair costs.”
Local officials say half of the major wash-outs in Johnsburg were caused by improper infrastructure on private property next to publicly owned infrastructure.
So what do you think: Should homeowners and businesses be held to a higher standard? Comments welcome below.