The flood of 1993 was devastating for Clay County leaving parts of the city in ruins. This particular flood marked the beginning of a 10-year fight with the city of Brazil for local resident Mark Bedwell of 304 S. Franklin St.
The flood brought water knee-deep into the house causing $30,000 in damage to the house and ruining several Harley Davidson motorcycles that Bedwell was repairing in his garage. This is also when the storm drain that runs right under Bedwell's home began to deteriorate. He called the problem to the attention of the city and they did not take any action on the situation despite his frequent requests.
As a result, the runoff has destroyed Bedwell's backyard by washing everything onto his property and creating large sinkholes in his yard. Toxic waste composed of raw sewage, motor oil, and dirt runs under his home. The foundation of the house is deteriorating and the siding is beginning to buckle. Bedwell claims that these conditions are unsafe to raise his family in and thats why he keeps fighting to get the problem fixed.
Bedwell describes this weekends storms as the icing on the cake and now he is taking action to get something done with the storm drain. He is in the process of contacting the Enviromental Protection Agency, and the Indiana State Board of Health to plead his case and is sending digital pictures via e-mail to these agencies. Bedwell is also attempting to press charges against Mayor Kenny Crabb because he considers the state of his house to be from
Mayor Crabb claims that Bedwells problems began when he bought his house in one of the lowest spots in the city on top of Pogue's Run, the storm sewer system for the city of Brazil, and that all the storm water from this weekend surcharged the drain and caused it to back-up into the yard.
"They should have never been allowed to build a house there and the new flood insurance that was purchased in 1993 would not allow to ever build a new house on the property," Crabb states.
According to Crabb the Brazil City Sewage Department paid Bedwell a visit on Tuesday morning and will attempt to fix the sinkholes with cement.