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Belton family says frequent flooding has them trapped in their home

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Flooding on McGee Street (Source: Leigh Ann Stewart) Flooding on McGee Street (Source: Leigh Ann Stewart)
Flooding on McGee Street (Source: Leigh Ann Stewart) Flooding on McGee Street (Source: Leigh Ann Stewart)
Flooding on McGee Street (Source: Leigh Ann Stewart) Flooding on McGee Street (Source: Leigh Ann Stewart)
Flooding on McGee Street (Feb. 7, 2018/FOX Carolina) Flooding on McGee Street (Feb. 7, 2018/FOX Carolina)
Flooding on McGee Street (Feb. 7, 2018/FOX Carolina) Flooding on McGee Street (Feb. 7, 2018/FOX Carolina)
BELTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

After years of battling flood waters around their Belton home, Leigh Ann and Jason Stewart said they are at their wits' end.

The Stewarts reached out to FOX Carolina after they said eight years of living on McGee Street has turned into a nightmare. According to Leigh Ann Stewart, when it rains, their yard floods so much they become trapped inside their own home.

"It's not like the normal puddle here and there. Or even just a ditch full of water," Leigh Ann Stewart said. "It has us trapped in our house."

Jason Stewart even had to build a bridge to help them get out when it floods.

“The ramp I’ve got right here, was actually a bridge that I had to build from the front of my house here just to be able to get off the front porch," he said.

Leigh Ann Stewart said the problem has been happening for years and recently, it took more than three hours for their yard to drain after the rain stopped.

Toys belonging to the couple's three children were submerged in their backyard during Wednesday's storm. A pink bicycle leaning against their fence was underwater up to the chain.

"Unfortunately our yard looks terrible but every time we clean it up, everything just floats back around," Leigh Ann Stewart said.

In addition to the mess, the couple said they now have to worry about wood rot and mold.

The City of Belton said a drain line that runs behind the Stewarts' home is blocked.

Scott Hanks with Belton Combined Utilities and Public Works said there isn't a simple fix since there is poor drainage in the area in general, coupled with the blocked line. Officials are working on a solution to the problem,  Hanks said.

“A lot of people look at the neighborhood as not the greatest neighborhood but we look at it as home," Jason Stewart said. "Getting the problem fixed is the biggest concern right here for us.”

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