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High water signs spark concern among residents

Signs for high water that were recently placed along Jenkins Neck Road in the Guinea section of Gloucester have caused some concern among property owners who claim the signs have decreased the value of their homes.

Mark Perdue, a homeowner on Jenkins Neck Road who has helped organize a group of homeowners against the signs, said Gloucester County met with a representative from the Virginia Department of Transportation to coordinate the placement of 15 signs on local roadways that are prone to flooding. So far, Perdue said, three have been placed, with two on Jenkins Neck.

According to Perdue, the signs indicate the roads are subject to flooding, and have an elevation of flooding of five feet.

Perdue conceded that Jenkins Neck Road is subject to flooding. However, a number of other roads in the county—and certainly in the Peninsula—are subject to flooding, which do not have, nor will have, this sign,” he said.

“The signs certainly decrease the property values...

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