Orange residue alarms homeowners along Lake Murray cove

Orange residue alarms homeowners along Lake Murray cove
Clark also said when the orange residue moves through it force wildlife on the cove to move. She said she also has concerns about what it could do to native plant life. (Source: Gary Clark/YouTube)
Clark also said when the orange residue moves through it force wildlife on the cove to move. She said she also has concerns about what it could do to native plant life. (Source: Gary Clark/YouTube)
The lake on a normal day. (Source: Cindy Hope Clark)
The lake on a normal day. (Source: Cindy Hope Clark)

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - In recent weeks some property owners who live along a Lake Murray cove say they have had to deal with a concerning site in their backyards.
 
"Every time it rains heavy, we get more orange," said Cindy Hope Clark, who lives off of Hill Haven Road in Lexington County.

In a series of online videos, Hall has documented an orange color that has crept into the cove during rainy weather. She believes it's a silt that's been coming in due to surface runoff from the construction of a new subdivision not far away.

The development, which is named Woodland Crossing, is being built by D.R. Horton off of Pebble Branch Drive.

"They didn't handle a detention pond properly to contain all the silt," Clark said. "So when they cleared 60 acres, the first rain sent silt down the creek
through the wetlands and into this cove and turned it orange. [It's] just thick orange. By the end of the day, it went from the cove all the way out to the deep water."

Clark also said when the orange residue moves through it force wildlife on the cove to move. She said she also has concerns about what it could do to native plant life.

She and other homeowners have already taken her concerns to officials with Lexington County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as DHEC. Officials with that agency are currently investigating the matter further.

"We're still trying to get some confirmation that they were permitted to even put that [detention] pond in since it's sitting in a wetland," Clark said.

Attempts to reach officials with D.R. Horton for comment on Friday were unsuccessful.

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