Meadowbrook residents suing City of Valdosta

Posted at 6:10 PM, Sep 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-05 18:10:00-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL)--Six residents are taking legal action after they say raw sewage overflowed onto their property a number of times.

The residents filing suit against the City of Valdosta claim their property values have dropped and that the city hasn't taken significant action to prevent the overflows from happening.

Six people who live on Meadowbrook Drive claim sewage overflows have caused more than $500,000 dollars worth of damage after a number of spills. W.R. Hodgins, also a resident of Meadowbrook, says the ones filing suit aren't the only ones impacted.

"Everyone is affected," said Hodgins. "They're the only ones who brought suit."

Hodgins says the sewage issue is on-going.

"People get the idea that it's all associated with flooding," said Hodgins. "That's not the case. Heavy rain can cause thousands of gallons to dump out of the sewer pipe from ground water getting into the sewer system.

The city says they are working on projects to that could remove more than 50 percent of the sewage from the Meadowbrook sewer line, including new pump stations expected to be completed by next November.

The City of Valdosta has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit. The city's attorney told us he doesn't have a comment at this time.