TAYLOR MILL, KY (FOX19) - A Taylor Mill man is fighting to save his home. It sits in front of a creek and erosion over the years has washed away a portion his backyard.
Now he’s asking the city to help.
Bill Hall has lived in his home on Holds Branch Road with his wife for the past 50 years. When he bought the house he says the Banklick Creek was only a few inches deep. Now his backyard is lined with caution tape to keep his grandkids from falling in.
He says in time it will only get worse.
“The next big rain we have around here like we had before weeks ago, there’s no telling how much yard I’m going to lose. It’s a dangerous situation,” said Hall.
Hall says around 22 years ago when the creek started to get deeper Taylor Mill had construction crews put in rock baskets to retain the water and prevent run off. Hall installed railroad ties for extra protection, but last month the water washed both barriers away.
“I want the city of Taylor, if they have to reach down deep in their pockets, to fix that wall,” said Hall.
City Administrator Brian Haney says though his heart goes out to Hall, the creek is listed as private property so there isn’t much the city can do. Haney says that rebuilding a wall will likely cost thousands of dollars and the city wouldn’t spend that for one person affected.
However, Hall says the runoff is also impacting his neighbor across the creek.
“His house is slowly inching towards the creek because that entire hills is moving,” said Hall.
He believes new construction nearby is causing the issues because more and more trees and brush are being cleared out.
“They give the water free reign just to run down through here at a very high velocity when it rains," Hall said.
Hall, who’s now retired, says he doesn’t have the money to build a new wall and is at a loss of where to turn next, but for now he will continue to fight for the city to step in. He bought his house when he was 29 with his wife, and it holds many memories.
At the age of 79 he hopes that the city can come up with some type of resolution so that they can remain in their home forever.
“I’m going to die here hopefully if it means that much. I don’t want to move into a condominium and I don’t want a new home,” said Hall.
The City Administrator says that he is currently speaking with the sanitation department, which deals with runoff to see if something can be worked out.