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Clarification: Part of Bethany home owner's complaint is that town pumped water onto his property

In our story Thursday about Jerald Shea and the winter flooding of his property, we failed to clearly state that part of Mr. Shea's complaint is that the town pumped water onto his property.

Mr. Shea feels this is a significant action by the town that contributed to the damage to his house.

Bethany Highway Superintendent Paul Fleming confirmed the town did pump the water, however, it was to prevent Paradise Road from flooding. The drainage pipe under Paradise Road was frozen solid, Fleming said, so instead of the water flowing under the road as it normally would, it flowed over the road. Either way, Fleming said, the water would flow south to north onto Mr. Shea's property.

Bob Harker
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Joined: Aug 20 2009

It seems pretty simple to me. The town caused the damage and is responsible for the repairs!

Shannon Laurer
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Joined: Apr 11 2010

Agreed Bob! Yes that water may have traveled to his yard at some point but not as quickly as it did being pumped there!

John Roach
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Joined: May 29 2008

And if the pipe under the road was frozen, then the ground was probably frozen, not allowing the water pumped onto the property to seep into the ground as it would normally do. Maybe this did not cause his problem, but it did not help.

Kyle Couchman
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Joined: Dec 25 2009

Seems to me that if your pumping water, then you make at least a token effort to check the pathways of the drainage of your pumping to make sure it isnt making even worse trouble down the line. It seems the town should bear the full responsibility and make good instead of giving the run around.

Dave Olsen
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Joined: Oct 12 2008

you break it, you fix it. pretty simple to me

Tim Miller
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Joined: Jun 20 2010

Howard - what have you done with your real readers.... 5 comments (6 if you count me), and THEY ALL AGREE WITH EACH OTHER!


#6...as Dave wrote - you break it, you fix it.

scott williams
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Joined: Oct 1 2009

If my sump line freezes and I run another and it ruins my neighbors house I pay for the damage . Not only ethical but part of city code and im sure Bethany also says you are responsible for runoff to make sure it is not to damage other property. This is Simple The Town ia clearly at fault and gravity would not have inundated the property as quickly as a pump.

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