Backyard turns to "river," homeowner blames neighboring developer

- Rushing water is taking over a patch of land in southwest Charlotte.

“This lake has burst and I've now got sewage and a huge, I don't know what you call it," said David Smith. "It looks like a huge Colorado river."

It's safe to say Smith is not happy with his new neighbor and this mess he says they're causing. That neighbor is Mattamy Homes, a development company working on a project off McKee Rd.

The developer built this lake to assist water drainage during construction. The thing is, the water continues to breach onto his property.

"It smells absolutely appalling to the point where you don't even want to stay down there," he said. "They just bullied their way in and they're consistently ruining my land."

Mattamy Homes tells FOX 46 Charlotte, "we are currently in the process of investigating the cause…working in full cooperation with the proper authorities and with our sub-contractors to address and remediate the issue."

But it's not getting better and FOX 46 Charlotte is asking questions.

"If you guys are working with people to correct this then why does it keep happening?"

Mattamy Homes isn't answering.

Crews are working to fix the breach, but Smith believes it's not out of kindness, but that the city of Charlotte is now issuing daily fines of $5,000 to the developer.

"The whole thing is a complete health hazard, not just for me, my dog my guests, but their community also."

Smith says this runoff is making its way to nearby Lake Wylie.

FOX 46 asked Smith what his message to the developer is right now. "Come over and sort this problem out immediately," he said. 

Even after the water runs off, Smith's left with mud trails and a whole lot of mess. He wants someone to take action.

 "And I really can't believe that a large company will have someone come over and say here's what we propose, clearly this is a huge problem that we created. An apology wouldn't be a bad idea, too," he said.

The city of Charlotte approved this lake for water runoff, it says something in the planning process has gone wrong.

The city added that it had someone assessing the damage and cleanup on Monday, and will get back to us on Tuesday with specific information on fines against the developer and what happens moving forward.

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