A Madison County woman pleaded in front of county supervisors Monday for help with a ditch that runs along her backyard she called a “jungle” that’s home to everything from mosquitoes to rats and snakes. 

Rachel Stennett of 105 Rhodes Lane in Whitney Ridge in Oakfield Subdivision, said the ditch is polluted and floods. 

“I have a major problem that I just need some help with,” she said. “The ditch is polluted. It’s full of mosquitoes, rats and snakes what have you. I have to work very hard trying to clear the area just behind me so that I may know what’s coming at me. And I can’t seem to get any help anywhere.”

County Engineer Dan Gaillet told Stennett and supervisors that the ditch in question is under control from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and they don’t have the authority to go in and clean it at all. 

Gaillet said it’s a protected wetland that has only gotten worse because of development in the area. 

“We’re plagued with the flash flooding,” Stennett said, saying the problem has been ongoing for nearly five years now. “It’s taken my wood chairs down the way, half my potted plants.” 

District 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones called the situation “a hot mess,” and said trees have fallen in the past in the ditch onto property. 

Jones asked Gaillet to take some pictures and meet with the Corps face-to-face in hopes of providing some relief. 

Gaillet did say they the county is currently formulating plans to make improvements under the road to alleviate flooding in the area. 

“That water does flood and prevents folks from getting in and out of that large development,” he said. 

Jones asked why the sudden pickup in floodwater. 

Gaillet said the more rooftops they are adding in the area means the water is getting there quicker. 

Supervisors asked Gaillet to meet with the Corps and keep Stennett in the loop.