Woman alleges backups in Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District lines have damaged property four times

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 3, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis resident alleges she has sustained damages to her property four times as a result of backups in a sewer line.

Rita L. Washington filed a complaint on Nov. 29 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District citing inverse condemnation.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on four separate occasions between 2013 and July 14, 2018, defendant's sewer line suffered explosive backups that caused damage to plaintiff's real and personal property due to overflow insult. The suit states the backups caused manhole covers to blow off their bases and cover her driveway, yard and home's facade in sewage and other matter.

The plaintiff holds Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to make repairs to the sewer lines to prevent overflow insults and failed and refused to pay just compensation to plaintiff's damaged real and personal property.

The plaintiff seeks damages of more than $25,000, attorney's fees, costs and any further relief as the court may deem just. She is represented by Elkin K. Kistner and William E. Kistner of Bick & Kistner PC in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC11736

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