Erosion Causes Major Damage in Spanish Fort

Erosion Causes Major Damage in Spanish Fort

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Homeowners in Spanish Fort have been waiting a long time to get a big mess cleaned up.

A subdivision on the bluff in Spanish Fort has a storm drain system that empties all of the storm water into one drain, and it's been a concern for residents for quite some time.

"In 2006 we had some concerns about the storm drain, contacted the city who told us they were going to fix it," says homeowner Mark Sutherland.

But, three years later in 2009, major flooding caused part of the bluff to fall away, putting homes at risk.

"Following that immediate incident the city suddenly took a different position, saying, 'this isn't our drain.'"

The city argued they were not responsible for the streets affected by the storm water run-off.

The erosion became such a dangerous hazard, Mark and his family had to move out of his home.

"I want to be able to come back into this yard and play with my boys," says Sutherland.

That wish may be granted sooner rather than later. Mark and fellow residents took their problem to court.

"They have found in our favor, and hopefully the city will come and take care of what you can see is a disaster really."

For mark, monetary compensation from the city is not necessary. He just wants the problem to be solved, and the right thing to be done.

"There's a right thing, and there's a wrong thing, and there's a morally right thing. You can't dump all your storm water here and then leave us to fend for ourselves."

Now it's in the city's hands to take care of this problem that has lasted for all these years.

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