Look at the picture with this story: Behind the candle it looks like a lake, perhaps a pond. It isn't supposed to be there.
“The nights the rains came, the sound from frogs, they sounded like car alarms,” Eddie Woods remembers. “Neighbors asked what I was going to do. I can't do anything about it.”
Nor can this couple do anything about what's now spawning under the surface of the water in his backyard.
“Tadpoles and mosquitoes and snakes and whatever else nature has out there,” Patty Rabon says.
Take a look from their back porch-it looks like a pleasant little pond, right? The problem, it shouldn't be there.
The water stands where the backyard used to be. The water is now up to eight feet deep.
“This used to be a usable back yard, you could take a nice walk to the pond, now the pond walked up to us,” Woods says.
They estimate that more than an acre and half of their property is now underwater, and the problem isn't just the landscaping that washed away, it's what the rains washed in.
“It starts with the water, then it goes to tadpoles, then it goes to frogs, then it goes to snakes, it's going to be a gourmet restaurant for them,” Woods says. He is also afraid of the diseases that the mosquitoes could spread.
Rabon and Woods think the water poured in off Highway 25 through drainage pipes that poke onto their property. They say they called Edgefield County and were told to call Aiken County.
“We don't live in Aiken County, we live in Edgefield County,” Rabon says.
Eddie says Aiken was sympathetic, but only had one suggestion.
“To call a pest control service, they would come and spray the trees,” Woods says. “I have a forest.”
Patty says they're over their heads with fear of disease and frustration:
“Nothing irritates me more than telling me, 'I don't know, I don't know, I don't know,” she says.
So she reached out to Channel 6. We verified that the property is in fact in Edgefield County, and I tracked down the county's director of planning. He was very responsive and says he hadn't heard of the problem, but will be at his phone bright and early. Eddie says the tadpoles will be up too.
“Early in the morning, they're like a black cloud on the water.”