Man Claims Driveway Erosion Traps Him in Home


  What started out as a small crack in the driveway at 508 Fairmont Avenue in Mozart, now looks like the scene of an earthquake. 

“I was shocked when my dad said, ‘Yeah, I can’t get out’ ‘I was like ok’ and I came over and I was like yeah, he’s not getting out,” said Tabitha Brown. 

Tabitha’s father, a 68 year old veteran, lives in the home. He cannot get his 4-wheel truck over the cracked rocks and rubble that used to be his driveway.

“Now he’s stuck, he can’t leave the house to go get medicine, he can’t leave the house to go get his groceries, he can’t go get his own mail, so he’s resorted to me doing all that for him. He’s an independent man. He has lived here 44 years, and he can’t leave his own home,” said Brown.

Tabitha said the city has responded once, but the problem has only gotten worse. 

“I think someone from the city was out and they dumped some dirt out here so my father could get in and out of the driveway. But, with each rain fall and each snowfall the ground freezes and thaws and it just keeps slipping further and further,” said Brown.

Tabitha said she also worries about the safety of cars passing by. 

“There’s a school bus, I  grew up here, I know there’s two school buses. One was elementary and one was for high school, and they come up and down it [the road] twice a day to pick and drop off children for school,” said Brown.

The West Virginia department of highways said that if the driveway is private property they can’t service it. The department of highways is working to decide if this is private property.

“I feel for him and there is no reason, like I said he’s 68 he’s done his time, he’s done what he’s had to do for society, and now he is a prisoner of his own home.” said Brown.

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