* Family displaced following backup of sewage into home
A Brazil family displaced by raw sewage overflowing into their home in February is in the process of filing a civil lawsuit for damages and cleanup against the City of Brazil.
According to attorney James McDonald, Terre Haute, Cindy and Richard McDonald, and their children, reside at 1106 East Northwood Drive, Brazil. They have not been able to live in their home since the incident occurred Feb. 21. The family has resided with another family member since the incident.
According to the McDonald's, the toilet in their home began overflowing, gushing into the living room area of the home. Although the family attempted to shut off the water to stop the raw sewage from flooding several rooms in the house, it did not work.
A rough estimate of the property damages to the home is approximately $37,500.
The McDonald family also said they then contacted the city and the mayor's office about the problem and were informed city personnel were working in the area at the time of the incident.
According to the McDonald family, there has never been any type of problem like this before, even during the extensive flooding in the summer of 2008.
"It's my understanding the city applied forced pressure to the sewer main, that in turn caused raw sewage to back up into the (McDonald) home," James McDonald (who is not related to the family) recently told The Brazil Times about the messy situation. "The mayor (Ann Bradshaw) came to their home and admitted the city was at fault."
The McDonald family said the city worked with ServPro to help resolve the issue.
Meanwhile, the home remains uninhabitable due to excessive mold.
The attorney told The Brazil Times the city's insurance company has denied liability, claiming the damages were caused by excessive rain.
"They can't live in their home. Obviously, it's a great inconvenience to them," the attorney said.
McDonald confirmed the paperwork for the lawsuit on Monday.
According to officials at the Clay County Courthouse, the paperwork had yet to arrive and be processed as of Tuesday evening.
Due to the pending nature of possible litigation, Brazil City officials were unable to comment on the matter.
Messages were left with official from Traveler's Insurance, the City of Brazil's insurance provider, Tuesday.