Jury finds Milwaukee negligent in sewage backups
- Associated Press
- September 27, 2013 - 4:20 PM
MILWAUKEE — A jury has awarded nearly $1.5 million to homeowners in a Milwaukee neighborhood for damage caused when sewage backed up into their basements during storms in June 2008.
The jury awarded damages to owners of 129 residences Friday.
Jurors found the City of Milwaukee's negligence in maintaining sanitary sewers serving the Lincoln Creek Parkway neighborhood was partly responsible for causing sewage to back up into the basements.
Property owners had asked for $4.1 million to $5.4 million for costs of repairing homes, replacing appliances and furnishings, and diminished property values.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/193dIZv ) reports Assistant City Attorney Jan Smokowicz says Milwaukee officials believe the city did not make a mistake, but he accepts the verdict.
As much as 4 feet of sewage flowed into some of the basements.
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