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Woman calls Channel 4 for help after erosion exposes gas line

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Myra Joyce Rose Myra Joyce Rose
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

After a ditch in front of a Nashville woman's home eroded to expose a gas line, she says she couldn't get any answers from the city, but a gas company worker told her to call Channel 4 News for help.

"They wouldn't want this in front of their house, I guarantee you," said homeowner Myra Joyce Rose.

Rose said the problem started a couple of years ago when crews cleaned out the storm drainage ditch and dug a little too deep.

"These are all rocks that they piled alongside the drive up there that have washed all the way down here," Rose said, showing the drainage ditch. "And they are still down here, because I can't tote them all the way back up there."

Stormwater moving down the hill from Rosebank Elementary School pushes the rocks down toward an exposed gas line.

"I thought it was just a piece of plastic a child threw in there until the gentleman across the street came over and said, 'No, that is a gas line,'" Rose said. "If a big rock would have hit it before he capped it off, it would've blown [my neighbor's] house up. You don't let stuff like that go by."

A gas company worker went to take a look at the situation, and Rose said when he saw the problem, he told her to call Channel 4.

"And he said, 'Well you need to call Channel 4,'" Rose said. "And the workman gave me the number. So I called y'all."

We contacted Metro Water Services to see if they could help. They showed us a photo of fiber netting they laid in that ditch back in 2012 to control erosion. But that netting is now gone.

Metro Water Services also promised to send out crews to inspect the ditch later this week or early next week to make sure the ditch isn't causing any flooding or driving hazards.

Rose is still holding out for extra dirt or even a concrete ditch like her neighbors have.

"It's all you can do," she said.

As for the exposed gas pipe, Metro Water Services says if the ditch passes inspection, then Piedmont Gas would be responsible for burying that pipe deeper.

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