Resident Files Lawsuit over Flooding

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By Fox 8 Reporter Allison Brown

WILLOWICK, Ohio-- There is fear in Willowick that every time it rains, damage will follow.

It has been eight days since water saturated homes, ruining belongings for so many residents. That's why one of those residents is taking a stand with legal action.

Dominic Trinetti filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Willowick on Friday. He believes that the problem with the storms on July 20 was sewer system back-up and the city should have done more to prevent the problem.

"I had eleven inches of muck water and there's nothing pleasant about it," said Trinetti, a long-time resident of the city. "If it doesn't get fixed, who is going to want to come in and buy a home here?"

Neighbors claim the city has known about the sewer issues for years and nothing has been done.

Like Trinetti, several people on Micasa Court are also hoping the legal action will inspire change.

"Hopefully never again," said John Heckman, who lost belongings due to high water in his basement. "Mine was coming through the drains in the back, by the furnace, and hot water tank," he said.

Many people on several Willowick streets are still cleaning up after the storms. In fact, on Fairway Boulevard, neighbors tell Fox 8 the mess is far from gone.

"People are going to be living in fear every time we get a storm," Trinetti said.

At this point, the frustrated Willowick resident just wants to find a solution.

"I'm trying to protect my investment; if it doesn't get fixed, the property value isn't going to go up; it's going to go down," he said.

Fox 8 reached out to several city officials, including Willowick Mayor Richard Bonde on Saturday. The situation is then handled by the law director.  He would not comment any further on the issue.

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