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Sanford family wins sewage flood suit

Posted June 11, 2008 4:56 p.m. EDT
Updated June 11, 2008 10:36 p.m. EDT

— Five years after a flood caused by a faulty sewage system made their house unsafe to live in, a Lee County couple will recoup some of their costs.

Richard and Kathy Harrison claimed the Sanford system swamped their house with sewage following a heavy rain storm in 2003, and they sued.

A jury awarded them $92,000 Wednesday.

City inspectors agreed at the time that the house was unsafe and needed to be properly sterilized.

Sanford leaders said the problem was storm runoff and the city was not responsible.

"The systems are old and they leak sometimes, but no system can withstand heavy rains. A spill will happen even with a system that is brand new," public works director Larry Thomas said.