Teak Drive residents file lawsuit against Columbus and Water Works

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Taniea Howard says she just wants the City of Columbus to do the right thing. In her mind, that means the city picking up the tab to have her Teak Drive home restored to its previous condition before rainwater rushed in from the nearby Charter Oaks Watershed a year ago.

"My husband and I don't have the money to fix our home like the other residents have. So it's in the same condition as it was a year ago when the flood came in," says Howard.

A blocked drainage caused water to overflow into nearby yards. It looked like a river on Teak Drive. In December, the city dredged the bottom of the lake.  Howard says they also offered her a $12,500.00 but she declined due too many restrictions.

Howard's attorney filed a lawsuit in Muscogee County Superior court on behalf of Howard and four of her neighbors. It claims the City of Columbus and the Columbus Water works are libel for an unspecified amount in compensatory, special and punitive damages.

"The $12,000.00 or so was nothing for my clients and could not replace the type of materials they had in their homes," adds Attorney Stephen Hodges.

City Attorney, Clifton Fay, released this statement, "An appropriate response will be filed and the case will be vigorously defended in due course."

Fay did not give a timeline on when the city will respond, if both parties don't come to an agreement, the case could go before a trial jury.

Click here to view a copy of this couple's lawsuit against the city and the Columbus Water Works.

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