Family sues Davenport over raw sewage in basement

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport family is suing the city, saying officials’ failure to maintain the municipal sewer system caused raw sewage to back up into their basement during the heavy rains last month.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/13bvFjn) that Ronald and Linda Wiebold filed the lawsuit Friday in Scott County District Court. Named as defendants in the suit are the city of Davenport, Mayor Bill Gluba, and Public Works Director Mike Clarke.

More than 4 inches of rain fell in Davenport on April 17 and April 18. The Wiebolds’ attorney, Mike Meloy of Bettendorf, says the city’s failure to maintain its sanitary and storm sewer systems directly caused sewage to infiltrate the storm water system and back up into the Wiebolds’ basement.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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