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Flint, MI

Flint, MI: (Jul-03-07) A series of lawsuits were filed against the city of Flint after heavy rains caused sewer backups to ruin the property of almost 183 homeowners. The lawsuits stemmed from damage to 100 homes roughly bordered by an area west of Fenton Road, east of Grand Traverse Avenue, south of Atherton Road and north of Van Slyke. Heavy rains on July 29, 2000, September 23, 2000, and February 9, 2001, caused sewer backups into the homes. In a settlement reached, the city was ordered to pay more than $10.8 million to residents. The residents were frustrated as most of them have yet to see the settle amounts and claim that the settlement increases about $1,600 a day in interest as the city appeals each of 13 cases. The last of 13 civil trials before Genesee Circuit Judge Judith A. Fullerton ended in April 2007. Owing to the fact that there were so many plaintiffs, the group was broken down into smaller segments. [FLINT JOURNAL: SEWER BACKUP]

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Published on Jul-6-07


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