‘Looks like somebody’s been playing in the sandbox’: Woman says storms bring sand onto her property

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Sylvia Wright has lived on the same property for decades.

But she says sand flowing into her family’s lake, Hoehns Lake, hasn’t always been the case.

“We now have almost one acre of an eight acre lake backfilled from the road sand that is coming in to our area from the surrounding subdivisions,” said Wright.

Wright says the sand is the same sand that’s put down on roads during the snowy winter months.

As it gets washed away from the roads, she believes it ends up in Hungary Creek.

Then, she claims, it flows into the lake on her property.

With the storms and high water this week, Wright says even more sand was deposited in Hoehns Lake.

“We are a direct recipient of the runoff from the surrounding roads,” she said.

Wright tells 8News she’s been having this problem since 2007 — ever since more construction has gone up around her property.

The new construction changed the way water drains throughout the neighborhoods.

She says she raised the issue with Henrico County and then State officials but nothing has been resolved.

“I actually have gone through all of the local departments, the State departments,” said Wright.

Now, Wright says she’s turned to her Congressman, Dave Brat, for help.

“We’re just gonna have to kick it up to the federal level and have the federal push down for enforcement for the state and local laws and regs that would prevent something like this from happening,” said Wright.

8News has reached out to Henrico County and Congressman Brat’s office about Wright’s concerns.

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