PASCO, WA - A man in Pasco is losing his yard to the dust.
The dust is so bad near these construction sites that it's claiming people's yard. It is a problem Brandon King has brought to the city's attention, but he says they are not doing anything about it.
"You can see right there the grass is just dead. I have got sand coming into my yard. Sometimes as much as 4 or 5 feet and the grass is just dead."
Brandon King and his family are one of the first to move into their neighborhood, but the homes around them are still being built.
"You have construction all around you and so when it gets kicked up you lose all your grass."
Parts of his lawn are completely covered in the stuff and it is killing most of his yard. Under Washington State law, you are liable for whatever blows off of your property, even if it is the dirt you're building on.
On windy days construction crews constantly fill up giant water trucks with thousands of gallons of water. One truck driver told us that he goes through about 4,000 gallons every 12 minutes. Some builders do a better job than others. The builders next door to King have let their barrier blow away.
"The city says the builder's going to get on it and the builder says that the city..and it just goes back and forth."
In Pasco, King has to file a complaint with code enforcement. He did, and inspectors we spoke with say the city can require the builder to clean up the mess and even fine them in some cases.
"In the mean time my yard is kind of dying."
City inspectors tell me this is not the first complaint about First Place homebuilders. Previously they have been fined thousands of dollars for similar problems. We left two voicemails for them. King says the builder told him they would repair damages after construction is completed, but that agreement is not in writing.