Several hundred residents of Lincoln, Nebraska were effected by two sewer
backups. Now, Domina Law Group is meeting with victims to discuss potential
legal actions against the city. The city has already established a $1
million disaster assistance program, but that money only covers the cost
of cleanup. The assistance fund will not be enough to cover all backup-related costs.
Megan Mikolajczyk and Brian Jorde of Domina Law Group met with some of
the victims yesterday at Huntington Elementary School to discuss legal
rights and options after the two wastewater backups.
Domina Law Group attorneys are experienced in the art of advocating for
individuals who have been harmed by the negligence of both municipalities
and government agencies. Mikolajczyk and Jorde touched on facts homeowners
and renters should know about potential legal action involving the city
of Lincoln over the backups.
There can be a lot of hype after a large incident such as this one, which
is why Domina Law Group is committed to separating fact from fiction and
providing sound, practical advice for anyone who might have been affected.
About the Incident
On October 1 of last year, there was a large rainstorm in Lincoln. The
storm produced so much rainwater that it flooded the Theresa Street Wastewater
Treatment Facility. Another rainstorm caused a similar incident on May
6-7 this year. Because the facility was flooded on these dates, wastewater
couldn’t make its way into the facility, causing the backups.
The city of Lincoln denies legal responsibility for the October 1 and May
6-7 backups, saying the incident was an act of God, rather than an act
Facts About the Disaster Assistance Program
- The assistance program is separate from any potential legal proceedings
resulting from the two incidents.
- The assistance program is first-come, first-serve and available only to
victims whose insurance does not cover the cost of the backup damage.
- The assistance program is limited to $5,000 per event
- The assistance program only covers cleanup costs. This means that if the
sewer backup ruined your carpeting, the money might be able to cover the
cost of time/labor for ripping out the damaged carpet, but not the cost
of replacing the carpet.
If you were affected by either of the Theresa Street flooding incidents
in Lincoln, we invite you to contact an attorney at Domina Law Group to
get the facts about potential claims against the city.