The Nicholasville City Commission approved a bid from the Nicholasville-based Herb Geddes Fence Co. to remove fence from behind houses in a section of the Kimberly Heights subdivision.
"There's a big drainage area that runs behind Shreveport and Garden Park drives behind that subdivision," said Gary Goldey, superintendent of the city's street and road department. "In some areas, it's about 40 feet wide and in other areas it's about 70 feet wide."
The crux of the problem occurs during rainy weather.
"This is something that's been ongoing," Goldey said. "The residences in that area have had problems with that easement back there back even before I was on the commission in the 1990s. It seems like that the water gets to those backyards faster and faster every time it rains."
Over the years, the chain link fences that residents have put up have created mini dams, causing the water to back up into yards.