Davenport officials gather sewer options

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport City Council members are asking city staff to gather options for handling sewer backups that have angered residents faced with messy and costly cleanups.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/170iUwR ) the City Council held a special session Monday to discuss an issue that has left many residents frustrated after backups that followed recent heavy rains.

Residents such as Christine Thoeming told aldermen that besides the sewage backup, she was disappointed city staff didn’t return her calls about the matter.

Residents have filed 43 claims with the city for damages and more than 100 have requested documents to file claims.

Officials have discussed a backflow prevention program, but that would require fee increases. Another option is an insurance-type program that would pay for $15,000 in damages with a $500 deductible.

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

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