On April 22, 2011, a lack of capacity in MSD’s sewer system caused a sewage backup into the basement of 705 Elm Ct, Reading Ohio. MSD did not act to prevent further backups or compensate Mr Wells, the property owner, as required by the consent decree.
A second backup occurred on September 2011 at which time MSD did decide that a prevention devices was needed, but MSD put that project on hold.
A third backup occurred in December 2011, and can be seen on YouTube (search on YouTube for 705elmct)
On January 5, 2012, Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz, United States District Court awarded Mr. Wells, $19,154.69. And this covered the costs of only the first backup.
MSD is required by their Consent Decree in federal Case No. 1:02-cv-107, United States et al vs Board of Hamilton County Commissioners. Sierra Club is an intervener in the suit due to both sewer overflows in the environment and into people’s homes and businesses. Sierra Club’s video of Sewage in Basement damage can be viewed at D. David Altman Mr. Altman represented Sierra Club in this suit.