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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Rain Dampens Ft. Thomas Couples' Retirement (Guest Post by Ben Petracco)

Editor's Note:

Before we get to Ben's article, I just wanted to point out that FTM will be covering council meetings going forward. With a stable of talented and competent writers at our disposal, Darrin and I don't have to be everywhere at once. With that, this week Jessica is compiling a list of noteworthy items from the meeting on 2/13. Ben is covering just one item in depth. Without further adieu, here's Ben.

- Mark
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Sue Morrow has lived on Grant Street near Woodfill Elementary School for years without any problem or a complaint. With the building of the new Woodfill and the subsequent hill created by the construction, which funnels rainwater toward her house, those years are over. She has an incessant build-up of rainwater and mud that has brought her to her current dilemma.

The Morrows have two properties on Grant Street: one primary residence and a second that they bought as investment property.

The main problem the Morrows are facing is insufficient drainage from their two properties into the sewer system and this has cost them dearly. The constant flooding has cost them two tenants in the rental property, and the cost of having their basements fixed after both houses flooded.

The city of Fort Thomas and the Sanitation Department suggested different ideas to rectify the drainage problem. One of the remedies, given by the city, for redirecting the overflow of rainwater to their backyard did not help. In fact, the Morrow's claim this solution proposed to help the drainage problem has cost the family an additional $2000, and has resulted in the same messy, muddy quagmire.

Initially the Morrows had city engineers and sanitation representatives come and survey the property to see if additional assistance should be provided. City officials examined the property in a steady rainfall to gather proper information on the draining issue. They concluded that there wasn’t anything additional that should be done and the Morrows were denied in their plea for assistance from Fort Thomas.

Monday night, Ms. Morrow supplied the City Council Board members with pictures and statistics of current rainfall that has resulted in standing water in her yard. She explained the water is not reaching the sewers that are on the street, and instead it collects in front of her house. The members of the board acknowledged that the pictures were a great help and would result in the city reconsidering their plight.

Mayor Pro Tem Eric Haas said, “When the team went to the property the problem was not as bad as the pictures had depicted.”


Mayor Brown concluded that something should be done to fix the problem, preferably before the next really bad rainfall.

The Morrows were instructed to continue to take pictures of the affected area and that a second team would be sent to re-examine the street and see if something can be done to channel the water away from the property towards the sewer drain.

Everyone has had problems with water and knows how irritating it can be. If this problem was a fault of the property owner it would be one story, but a logistical problem with water flow should not plague the lives of the property owners. Fort Thomas Matters hopes the Morrows do have their situation re-examined, and the correct decision is made to assist them in living the rest of their retirement with a routinely dry yard.

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