Man Fights With City Council Over Flood Damage 7-20-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Man Fights With City Council Over Flood Damage 7-20-2010

The flood water is gone from a local man's home, but his problems are just beginning.
He claims the city is partially responsible for the water damage, and he said he alerted officials to the potential problem years ago. Now he wants the city to take responsibility.
But Tuesday night the city council told him once again they would only continue to review the issue.
After living for 22 years at his home in Rose City, Marty Burr never thought he’d leave. But moving out is exactly what he and his family are doing.
TV5 spoke with Burr more than a month ago after his home and much of Rose City were flooded following heavy rains. “[There was] 12 inches of water throughout the whole house,” said Burr, recalling that June day. “A lot of damage [was done] to the furniture, doors -- it was pretty bad.”
It's damages that Burr insists could have been prevented when he told Rose City officials about a flooding problem years ago.
Burr’s evidence lies in pictures shown to the City Council in 2007. Burr said he started having water problems after a nearby lot was filled in.
The city installed a culvert, but Burr said that didn’t do much to fix the problem. “After the culvert was put in, the water was still there,” said Burr. “If you look at the culvert, it’s way too high and way too small.”
After the home flooded, Burr received a letter from the city stating “we have completed our investigation and do not find negligence on behalf of the city of Rose City.”
Burr’s home has thousands of dollars worth of damage and the insurance company will only pay for a small part of it.
Burr's son Brian spoke with the City Council again Tuesday night. “We've been trying to deal with this, trying to rectify the problem and still no one seems to care, honestly,” said Brian Burr.
The city council said they can't change that culvert because of DEQ regulations.
Flood water also washed away the Beechwood Road Bridge in Rose City. The span has been closed for more than a month.
Rose City officials are trying to get a $290,000 grant to replace it. Engineers are meeting with Michigan Economic Development Corporation Wednesday to pursue federal or state assistance.
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