Riley County officials insist that White Canyon residents are responsible for road maintenance within the subdivision, but residents say that’s not the case.
“I can’t believe anybody expects us to do it on our own,” said Roxanne Waggoner, a White Canyon resident.
Craig Cox, deputy counselor for Riley County, told The Mercury on Monday that Riley County owns the right-of-ways, but the subdivision roads were not originally built to either county or township standards back in 1964.
“Because of this, the White Canyon property owners are responsible for maintenance of subdivision roads,” Cox said in an email.
White Canyon, situated near Randolph, has experienced major flooding issues over the past nine months with Tuttle Creek Lake reaching a peak of 1,135.84 feet above sea level on May 31.
With the lake level at 1,081.72 feet (6.72 feet above normal) as of Wednesday morning, the water has dropped enough to reveal debris like trees, limbs and rocks. That has made it difficult for residents to navigate through with cars and other vehicles.
Many residents have had to invest in off-road vehicles, kayaks and boats to reach their homes.
Since White Canyon residents pay taxes like other Riley County residents, Waggoner said she’s “dumbfounded” that the county can’t get the roads cleared off for them.
Waggoner said residents wouldn’t have the funds themselves to remove debris and tree limbs off the roads.
She said she is still concerned about how ambulances or emergency vehicles could reach residents in an emergency situation.
Some White Canyon residents said they didn’t know of any written agreement saying they are responsible for maintaining the road. They also said they haven’t gotten a clear answer from the county.
County officials continue to look for an alternative road leading into the subdivision for residents.