Teak Drive Residents Give City 30 Days

(WTVM) -- Attorneys with the Philips Branch law firm mailed what are called anti-litum letters Wednesday giving the city thirty days to settle Teak Drive claims outside of court before a formal lawsuit is filed.

Since the spillway breach, residents have been living in severely damaged homes. They want everything to be repaired.

FEMA has now designated Teak Drive a flood zone. These residents will face lower property values and higher costs for flood insurance. The financial costs just keep mounting.

The city, though, is standing by their offer of $10,000. Clifton Fay, a Chambers County Attorney, says Georgia law protects cities from being held liable for one time public work failures and that it will be hard to prove otherwise in court.

Attorney Steve Hodges who represents these residents says its not the first time the watershed has caused flooding.