How A Large Body of Water Drains Over Night

10:25 PM, Aug 7, 2013   |    comments
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Blythewood, SC (WLTX) -- A Midlands neighborhood is wondering how, and why, a massive pond in in their backyard drained overnight.

To get their questions answered, they called News19.'

"It brought me close to tears this morning. I was in shock," said Kelly Serafine, who reached out to News19 after she woke up Wednesday morning to find the large pond that had come to appreciate over the 3-year period in which she owned her home resting on its banks.

"I can't wrap my brain around the fact that it's gone. That's really the biggest appeal of having this property - is having that water there, especially when it's so hot," Serafine said.

Pictures Serafine shared with News19 depict a full body of water, which is what it looked like when Serafine said she went to sleep at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

"We think it happened last night because of the overflow of rain water we had," Serafine said referring to the reasoning she was able to ascertain as to why the pond disappeared in such a short period.

The Columbia branch of the National Weather Service reported that the Blythewood area incurred nearly 2 1/2 inches of rain Tuesday evening. The increased amount of water was supposed to empty out througha drainage pipe found passing underneath a nearby stretch of Highway 21.

Instead, it backed up causing a giant break in what, before the rain, was a water wall containing the body of water.

"The pipes were blocked from the beavers blocking the spillways," said Marcus Taylor, a member of the Town of Blythewood's Planning Commission, and oversees activity relating to the Town's 15 or so ponds.

Taylor also lives in the neighborhood, and his home rests on the banks of the emptied pond. But despite his own calls to the South Carolina Department of Transportation regarding issues relate to keeping the drainage pipe cleared of debris left by beavers, he said he can't seem to get anyone to fix the problem permanently.

"When we do call them," Taylor said, "It's such a slow urn-around point, by the time they do unblock it - you know the beavers work at night - it can be blocked right back."

Serafine said the problems caused by the emptying out of the pond will also impact the way she, her dogs, and infant son live their lives.

"Now with the pond being drained and the muck and the stagnant water, i think we're really going to be having a problem with mosquitoes," said Serafine. "So no, i will not be bringing my 7-month-old outside."

She said she wanted those responsible for the damage caused by the beavers and the drainage of the pond she had come to enjoy.

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