Mandarin mom worried storm drain is hazard for kids

Ashley NeSmith says she's scared her 1-year-old son could fall down drain

By Corley Peel - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Mandarin mother is on edge, saying the city of Jacksonville isn't doing anything about the dangerous storm drain in her front yard.

Ashley NeSmith said her biggest fear is that her 1-year-old son, Michael, could fall down the drain.

"With the major storms that we have here, I'm just really nervous that he could get caught in the drain system itself with the water gushing down," NeSmith said. "That scares me."

NeSmith said she contacted the city, hoping to get something to cover the drain, but didn’t have much luck. She said the city told her it couldn't put anything over the storm drain because it's too close to a fire hydrant.

“I didn’t quite understand why they couldn’t do that," NeSmith said. "They said they did a Google Earth and nothing else could be done about it.”

With her baby always on the go, NeSmith said, she's hoping something can be done soon -- before it’s too late.

“It’s a little frustrating," she said. "I just wish that something could have been dealt with a little differently.”

News4Jax reached out to the city on Friday about NeSmith's storm drain concerns. A city spokesperson said they are looking into the situation and will have more answers on Monday.

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