Stagnant Water a Lingering Problem, Portland Residents say - Eric Alvarez
Portland resident Donna Brown says rising waters have flooded a family car, eroded their driveway and even come through a door and seeped into their hardwood floors, and says the city needs to do something about it.
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#1 Jul 10, 2013
I like the way Ms Brown operates. Went straight to TV, now city hall will have to respond.
#2 Jul 10, 2013
This is another of the areas, like Northview was that HAD been in a flood plain until someone wanted to develop it. And now they wonder why it's flooding. I feel bad for the homeowners in the area.
#3 Jul 11, 2013
I like that she went to the news, too -- seems that is the only way to get attention called to an issue that has been either ignored or having not wanted to have to deal with. I hope something can be done to fix this problem. This has been a problem since that subdivision was built, hasn't it ? Why wasn't the water issue foreseen and corrected then ? When building permits are issued, aren't they supposed to look for potential problems and drainage issues in the beginning ? Why has this taken so long to take care of ? Who built this subdivision ?
#4 Jul 11, 2013
Did one of the councilman have his hand in developing this subdivision? It is great to contact outside media because you won't ever see a damn thing here. I do remember seeing items on fave book about it either a councilman or that citizens group or cac or whatever it was. What got the firehall fixed a young feller running for council raised hell to anyone who would listen and the pressure got so great the city had to do something. I sure wish that feller had been elected to the council. Things would have changed for the good.
#5 Jul 11, 2013
You're right about that ! I wish he had too !! We need more people like him here !
#6 Sep 4, 2013
If she can't sell or enjoy the property, this now occurring problem is effectively a common law, statuatory and possibly even a criminal trespass resulting in a "taking", creating a private nuisance and also a public nuisance.
Inverse condemnation is a possible path which could bring a fair and equitable remedy.
About like what happened to all the poor spineless schmucks on Gallatin Courthouse Square when the City of Gallatin went even one further than actually just taking their buildings with their Criminal Trespasses.
Follow the money for whatever funding created the problem, if, like the project on Gallatin's Courthouse Square, any aspect of it was federally funded, like maybe via ARRA or other means, you may have some contractual compliance language with real teeth.
Most attorneys seem to overlook such technicalities.
Good luck and I do hope for good results for Ms Brown, her neighbors as well as to see the property owners on Gallatin's Square to be made whole and those responsible rightfully punished.
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