City pays thousands to homeowners with sewage damage

By: Channel 8 Newsroom

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ The city of Lincoln is paying thousands to more than a dozen homeowners whose basements were flooded with sewage.

A water main break in the Belmont neighborhood of north Lincoln early New Year's Day filled a nearby manhole and caused the sewer to back up into the basements of 21 homes.

Officials say the city is paying claims because it knew there was a problem with the water main. On Aug. 27, the same water main broke, filling up the same manhole.

The city is paying $127,000 for 16 of the 20 claims. The four other claims remain in dispute.

Claims approved so far range from $1,117 to $21,569. And this summer, the 40-year-old water main will be replaced.