Dearborn residents upset about damage from sewage backup

(WXYZ) - The aftermath of Monday’s flood had Tuesday’s garbage stacked up in the Dearborn neighborhood near W. Outer Drive and Monroe.

Following heavy rain, families saw widespread sewage backups into basements, like the Reicherts.

The young couple estimates the damage will cost $8,000 to $10,000.

"We have some irreplaceable items that we can never recover, our furnace is shot, our washer and dryer is shot, our flooring will have to be replaced," says Dawn Reichert.

The Reicherts are miles from a river or lake and do not live in a flood plain, so they didn’t purchase flood insurance and want to know why the backup happened in the first place.

"We're hoping to find some guidance, find a way to start recovering, get things repaired, things fixed," says Kyle Reichert.

The Reicherts were with the more than 100 that showed up at an informational meeting Tuesday night at the Warrendale Activity Center, organized to address health concerns, insurance questions and possible fault for the flooding.

One of the speakers at the meeting was attorney Tarek Baydoun. He’s handing out paperwork for a possible lawsuit against the city of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, if they are found to be responsible for the sewage backup that affected what appears to be thousands of residents.

"The statute provides that if the government was negligent, that the homeowners will recover the damages," says Baydoun.

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