Marion County man fights flooding

Phil Bledsoe's Marion County property regularly floods. (WTHR photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The wet weather is an inconvenience for most of us. But for some, it's much worse than just drying out.

One Marion County man bought a fixer-upper that is proving to be a real "drowner."

"As you can see, I have moved as far as I can go," Phil Bledsoe said as we walked his property. He sold his home in Bedford and moved to the eastern edge of Marion County four years ago.

His property stands flooded, with nothing much he can do now.

"If they would have dug that ditch further, it would drain," he said. "The deepest part of the pool is back that way."

An 8-acre parcel that has almost as much standing water on it than dry land, but it wasn't always that way. A housing development behind the home caused the problem and the developer going belly up compounded it.

"Basically all this work dammed up the natural flow," Bledsoe said.

The developer then donated the property to the city, which has tried to rectify it.

"Before they put in those ditches they completed. They are done digging, the water came to right where the cattails start. Since they've done their work it's gone down, but it's still there," Bledsoe said.

It's hard, because it is not what Bledsoe had envisioned for his property.

"We moved back here and I wanted to keep horses, because I have for many years and I can't do that right now," he said dejectedly.

He offered to sell the wetland acreage to the city, which he said would cost taxpayers less than what the city has already paid and try and fix it, but so far, he can't convince the city to buy it.

No one was available at the parks department on Good Friday to discuss the issue with Eyewitness News.

"You know, you have to pick your fights and I don't want to fight," Bledsoe said.

He just wants to be able to walk his property and have his shoes be on dry land.

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