City Refuses to Help Flood Victims

9 years 2 weeks 5 days ago Friday, October 29 2010 Oct 29, 2010 Friday, October 29, 2010 3:07:24 PM CDT October 29, 2010 in News
Source: (Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All Right Reserved.)

COLUMBIA - Heavy rains have left many Columbia homes damaged. Two families have reported thousands of dollars of loss-yet no help from the city.

Ann Ojey lives on Pearl Avenue in Columbia, in a home that is below ground level. That, however, is not what she believes caused her home to flood last July. She blames it on a storm drain in her backyard that, she says,  the city has not properly taken care of. When Ojey came home the day of the flood, she said she was wading in water. She immediately ran to wake up her fiance and fourteen month old daughter who was sleeping on the floor.

One block away lives Gina Newman, a woman with similar damage to her home, and a similar story. Newman came home to water almost to her knees, and a car that was about to float down the driveway. The city renovated a storm drain a block away from Newman's home over the summer, but not the one right in front of her house. Her landlord says this is what caused her home to flood. When heavy rains came, the water came gushing down from the newly renovated drain into the one in front of Newman's home. That old drain could not handle the water, which caused the ditch it was in to overflow, which caused the surrounding houses to flood.

Both Ojeh and Newman sent reports to the city asking for money to help cover the damage, but they say the city refuses to help. The City of Columbia's Steve Hunt says the city has to prioritize what areas they can renovate due to lack of funding. To Newman, that sounds like neglect to areas with less money. Ojey says she is upset because the city is calling the floods "an act of God" and therefore out of their responsibility.

As of October 27th, these families have still not heard from the city.

More News

Grid
List
OSAGE BEACH - Police arrested two people Friday after searching a room at the Osage Village Inn and finding drugs... More >>
37 minutes ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 10:51:00 AM CST November 18, 2019 in News
ST. MARTINS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say one person has been wounded in a road-rage incident in central Missouri.... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 7:44:00 AM CST November 18, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - A Moberly man is facing charges after police say he harmed a 10-month-old child. Prosecutors charged the... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 4:20:00 AM CST November 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - After years in the making, Columbia City Council will be one step closer in deciding the final steps... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 7:05:00 PM CST November 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY—The Department of Planning and Protective Services in Jefferson City declared the first building with tornado damage as “dangerous”... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 6:03:00 PM CST November 17, 2019 in News
SWEET SPRINGS - In some parts of Missouri, rural health care is on life support. A bright green handwritten... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 5:31:00 PM CST November 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — As the hunting season begins hunters are being encouraged to share their harvests to help fellow Missourians. ... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 5:29:00 PM CST November 17, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - A new Missouri law will honor five veterans from Boone County killed in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 5:03:55 PM CST November 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Conservation is urging hunters to stay safe after an incident Saturday night. One... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 4:59:00 PM CST November 17, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City school district is increasing the pay of its substitute teachers in a... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 1:49:00 PM CST November 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – From showcasing hand-carved wooden canes to hosting a silent auction for a local food bank, the annual art... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 7:03:00 AM CST November 17, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Officials confirmed there was a hunting incident Saturday night. Boone County Sheriff's deputies and several medical... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 16 2019 Nov 16, 2019 Saturday, November 16, 2019 6:43:00 PM CST November 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - One person has been detained following a police chase that ended at the Taco Bell on Providence Road... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 16 2019 Nov 16, 2019 Saturday, November 16, 2019 5:11:00 PM CST November 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Police arrested one person after a report of shots fired on Quail Drive Saturday afternoon. Earl Tramail... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 16 2019 Nov 16, 2019 Saturday, November 16, 2019 4:41:00 PM CST November 16, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Deputies were dispatched to the Midway Travel Plaza on Saturday for a reported bomb threat, but they... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 16 2019 Nov 16, 2019 Saturday, November 16, 2019 12:24:00 PM CST November 16, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former Kansas City Chiefs football player and eight codefendants have had additional charges filed against them... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, November 16 2019 Nov 16, 2019 Saturday, November 16, 2019 8:51:00 AM CST November 16, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA - There have been three water boil advisories in the past week for about 50 people in the Hickory... More >>
2 days ago Friday, November 15 2019 Nov 15, 2019 Friday, November 15, 2019 6:57:00 PM CST November 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors charged a man Friday with child sex crimes which court documents said happened in 2018 and 2019.... More >>
2 days ago Friday, November 15 2019 Nov 15, 2019 Friday, November 15, 2019 4:05:00 PM CST November 15, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
12pm 49°
1pm 50°
2pm 52°
3pm 52°