City of Atlanta to Pay Residents $1.5 Million for Longstanding Sewer Damgage
Residents Awarded $1.5M For Sewer Damage
Posted: 6:45 am EST March 8, 2011
Updated: 6:46 am EST March 8, 2011
ATLANTA -- The city of Atlanta has settled a long-standing lawsuit with 23 Atlanta residents who have dealt with years of flooding and raw sewage backups in their homes.
The Atlanta City Council voted 14-0 on Monday to let the residents share a $1.5 million payout. The city acknowledged there was significant property damage caused by what it called "the failure and inadequacies of the city of Atlanta's storm water and sanitary sewer systems."
Most of the residents lived in a part of the city that has flooded for years because of inadequate storm water damage and the city's outdated sewer system.
Sam L. Starks, who represented the 23 residents, said water was "literally washing away portions of their homes."
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